The Emo Belle, Tween and Novice Bandits had gold on their minds as they participated in the 23rd-annual Lake of the Woods ringette tournament earlier this month in Kenora.
And the Novice squad did not disappoint—dumping a Thunder Bay team 10-4 in the final to earn top honours at a tournament for the second time this season.
In the final, Emo opened up a 4-1 lead on a hat trick by Carlee Bosma and single from Rebecca Mills. The pair then iced the victory as Emo erupted for six goals in the second half—four by Mills and two from Bosma.
Coach Debbie Carlson was happy with her team. “They all played very well,” she enthused.
The Novice team had opened action with a wild 13-12 win over Kenora. Bosma led the attack with nine goals—four in the first half and then five more in the second.
Mills netted the other four.
In their second game against Southdale 1, Emo jumped out to a 6-3 lead at halftime, then hung on for a narrow 9-7 win. Bosma again led the way with five goals while Mills tallied the other four.
And the Bandits keep on rolling in their third game against Dryden, cruising to a 15-2 romp to advance to the final. Bosma was on fire in the first half, netting six goals, while Mills added a hat trick.
In the second half, Bosma tallied three more times, with singles to Heather Williams, Sarah Hoskins, and Lacey Durbin.
Notching assists for Emo during the tourney were Durbin, Williams, Jaycey Ewald, Alyce Ewald, S. Ewald, and Patrick Mills.
In the Belle division, the Emo Bandits just could not put it together, losing all four of their games. They all played well according to their coach, but couldn’t finish off their plays in front of the net.
Emo opened with a 6-0 loss to Kenora, then were beaten 9-1 by the Norberry Royals. Jody Faragher, assisted by Tess Galusha, netted their lone goal in that one.
In their third game, Atikokan skated to a 7-1 victory. Selene LeBlanc netted Emo’s lone marker midway through the second half.
They closed out the tourney with an 8-0 loss to MacDonald.
Finally, the Emo Tween Bandits had a little better shoiwing in their division at the tournament.
They opened with a 6-2 loss to the Park City West Wildcats. After falling behind 3-0 in the first half, the Bandits were outscored 3-2 in the second.
Sarah Marusyk and Skye Blackburde tallied for Emo.
Their second game was an nip-and-tuck affair against Thunder Bay 2, falling 7-5. Mandy Lahti and Riley Ogden had a pair for Emo while Jessica Shoemaker added a single.
The Bandits then were routed 16-1 by Dryden (Ogden got their lone goal) before losing 9-4 to Thunder Bay 1 in their final game.
Ogden once again led the Bandits, netting two goals, while Lahti and Shanna Ewald had one apiece.