Sting finish first in pool at ringette nationals

The Central Alberta Sting are making an impression in the U16 division at the Canadian ringette championships.

FREDERICTON, N.B. — The Central Alberta Sting are making an impression in the U16 division at the Canadian ringette championships.

The Sting took first place in their pool with a 6-1 record after beating Guelph 4-2 in both team’s final round-robin game Thursday. Guelph also finished at 6-1.

Gillian Dreger had two goals and Breanna Parent and Kristen Demale one each for the Sting, who trailed 2-0 at the half.

Earlier the Sting edged Bonivital Angles of Manitoba 8-7, Lac St. Louis of Quebec 10-5, the New Brunswick Capital Area Thunder 6-1, Saskatchewan 10-3 and Team Alberta (Calgary Strive) 10-8. They lost 6-2 to B.C.’s LMRL.

Dreger and Shae-Lyn Baxter had two goals each against the Angels with Kelsey Lalor and Ashlynn Morrison potting single markers.

Lalor and Dreger scored three times each, Morrison twice and Kelita Kanngeisser, Parent, Melissa Misutka and Baxter once each against Lac St. Louis.

Morrison had four goals and Dreger and Lalor one each against the Thunder while Lalor connected four times, Dreger twice and Morrison, Baxter, Parent and Kanngeisser once each against Saskatchewan.

Dreger had four goals, Baxter and Morrison two each and Lalor and Parent once apiece against the Striver with Parent and Morrison connecting against B.C.

Morrison (11 goals, 13 assists) and Lalor (10g, 14a) finished tied for the scoring lead with 24 points each while Dreger led in goals with 16 to go with six assists and was third overall.

The Sting will compete in the quarter-finals today.

In the U19 division the Central Alberta Sting lost 7-2 to Bonivital in the first round of the championship playoffs Thursday.

Kelsey Caine and Kirsten MacGregor scored for the Sting.

Earlier the Sting posted a 2-1 record in the first round of play then were 1-2 in the second round.

In the opening round they defeated LMRL of B.C. 5-3 and New Brunswick Team II 8-1 and lost 9-5 to the Ottawa Ice.

Caine and MacGregor had two goals each and Marie Taylor one against B.C. while Caine had five goals and Jessica Carberry, Meghan Kelly and Mikaela Ewaskiw one each against New Brunswick. Caine had two goals and Kensey Lunn, Emma West and Ewaskiw one apiece against the Ice.

In the second round the Sting beat Team Alberta (Edmonton Elite) 2-1 and lost 9-3 to Nepean, Ont., and 4-1 to Laurentides, Que.

Kelly and Meagan Gabert scored against the Elite with Ewaskiw, Caine and Lunn connecting against Nepean and Caine against Laurentides.