By Yoos, Cam on March 12, 2019.
The Lethbridge U16 Rattlers have repeated as provincial ringette champions.
The Rattlers captured this year’s Alberta title in Westlock last weekend and beat a familiar opponent in the process, defeating the Strathmore Ice 10-6 in the gold medal game.
Lethbridge started the weekend with a 5-3 win over the North West Fire as Ruthie Bohnec scored twice and Emily Miller, Brynn Stevenson and Madi Andres scored once each.
Trey Blair stopped 29 shots to earn the win for the Rattlers.
The Rattlers improved to 2-0 with a 10-3 decision over the Beaumont Rush.
Stevenson and Emily Miller each scored three goals, while Lisa Beswitherick scored twice. Mikayla Miller and Brooke Robinson added singles and Teyha Trekofski earned the win in goal.
The Rattlers wrapped up the round-robin with an 11-3 win over the Sherwood Park Riot.
Stevenson had the hat trick and Bohnec netted two. Teagan Tailfeathers, Raegan Nicol, Emily Miller, Madison Borbely, Beswitherick and Mikayla Miller scored once each.
Blair was in goal for Lethbridge.
The 3-0 round-robin record earned the Rattlers first in their pool and pitted them against the Airdrie Sting in their playoff opener.
Emily Miller scored five times and Mikayla Miller added two as the Rattlers posted a 10-3 win. Emma Zgurski, Robinson and Beswitherick added singles and Trekofski backstopped Lethbridge to the win.
The win put the Rattlers in the semifinal and the locals posted a 6-4 win over Hinton. Nicol and Bohnec scored twice each. Emily Miller and Beswitherick added singles.
The final pitted the Rattlers against their rivals from Strathmore, who Lethbridge had split a pair of games with in previous tournaments.
But on Sunday, Stevenson scored three times and Mikayla Miller and Bohnec added two each to propel the Rattlers to provincial gold. Tailfeathers, Borbely and Emily Miller each scored once.
Trekofski was kept busy in goal, facing 52 shots.