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Impact earn silver at Friends On Ice tourney

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Teams from around the province and in four age categories were in town Feb. 7 – 9 for the 33rd Annual Friends On Ice tourney hosted by Hinton Ringette. Among the players was local Kayla Peacock (above).

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Chaos was the only thing standing between the Hinton Impact U14 ringette squad and a gold medal finish at the 33rd Annual Friends On Ice host tournament.

That’s the Edmonton Chaos, which bested the Impact twice in the tourney, including a hard fought 6-5 championship game. 

Hinton had two goals and two assists from Makena Hills in the final and one goal each from Logan Sweet, Danica Hills and Dakota Bishop.

Addison Klaver, Paige Pero and Megan Gallagher added one assist each for Hinton. The Impact had lost to the Chaos by a 6-4 score earlier in the tournament, with goals Danica and Makena Hills, Klaver and Bishop.

Ayla Goupil and Ashlyn McDougall had one assist each. 

Hinton won all its other games – a 9-4 win over the Spruce Grove Fury, a 14-4 win over the Pembina Rampage and an 11-2 win over Peace Country. 

The Impact have finished their regular season schedule but are slated to begin North Playdowns for a provincials berth on Feb. 28.

The Hinton U12 Thunder ringette squad finished at .500 for the tourney, opening with a 6-6 draw against the Edmonton Devils and following up with a 7-2 win over Lacombe to finish second in their pool and setting up a crossover game against the St. Albert Thunder.

St. Albert won 13-5 with Halle Rushfeldt scoring twice for Hinton and Danica Walker, Quinn Lepage and Emery Sigsworth scoring once goal each. Kayla Peacock and Kate Hore added one assist each.

The Thunder continue their regular season schedule with a pair of home games Feb. 15 against Red Deer, with start times of 12:15 pm and 3:15 pm. 

The Hinton U10 squad played a few exhibition games over the course of the week end, but scores are not kept at that level.

The youngest ringette players in Hinton, the Active Start Gummi Bears, took the ice once against Edmonton and also once against a trio of Paw Patrol opponents. Fun was had by all.