One of Airdrie's local ringette teams had a busy weekend, winning the West Coast Classic in Richmond, British Columbia.
The Airdrie Shock U14A has had a very successful ringette season so far, winning lots of silver medals, but this past weekend was when they were able to get over the second-place hump, winning gold at the West Coast Classic.
Crystal Morabito, a coach on the team, talked about the season leading up to the big tournament.
"We've had some wins and losses throughout the year, but they've been increasingly getting better and better, [they are] bonding as a team and just getting stronger and stronger every time we get on the ice."
Heading into the second half of the season, the Shock didn't have any tournaments lined up, so the coaching staff reached out to the tournament in Richmond, asking to join.
"Myself and the rest of the coaching staff thought it would be great exposure and a great experience for the girls so we fundraised through a bottle drive, we did a wine survivor, the parents all chipped in so flew to Vancouver Thursday night," explained Morabito.
In their first two games of the tournament on Friday, the girls got things rolling, opening with a 5-5 tie and winning the second 8-1. Heading into Saturday The Shock proved they are the team to beat winning their first game of the day 9-2 and winning their second handing team from B.C. their first loss of the year, winning 5-3. This put the girls into first place on Sunday, which they won 7-4.
"It was really great. It was emotional for a few girls because they had never won gold. So it was very exciting for them. "
The girls were down three goals heading into the second period, but a great speech from Head Coach Scott Flaman led the girls to score four unanswered goals to win it all.
For the remainder of the season, the Shock has some league games and playoffs before provincials.
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