MEDICINE HAT, AB – Perfection is hard to come by for any time, let alone a squad trying to incorporate new players into the roster.
But, the Medicine Hat U16 Mudhens have defied the odds and are proving themselves as one of the best young ringette teams in the province.
The Mudhens are coming off a gold medal performance at the 2018 Ed Horvath Classic in Medicine Hat, shutting out the Winnipeg Blaze 4-0 in the U16 A championship game on Sunday.
Medicine Hat’s weekend victory makes it a perfect 4-for-4 in tournament gold medals, with the local squad continuing to take home hardware left and right.
Mudhens netminder Sydney Carlson said everything is falling into place and they’re just doing their best to enjoy the ride.
“Being top of the league, winning everything,” said Carlson. “Our plays are awesome, our defence are awesome, our forwards are awesome. And, then just being able to go out and play like we can play, it’s an awesome thing to do.”
Medicine Hat’s success has carried over into their league play as well, posting an 11-0-1 record through 12 games and sit comfortably in first place.
Head coach Marty Robinson said the team has run into some tough opponents this season, which makes their consistency even more impressive.
“U16 A is a tough division, there’s a lot of quality ringette that comes out of Calgary,” said Robinson. “It’s been a good year, we haven’t lost any games, we had a tie and we’ve had some close, one-goal games. So, it’s pretty cool.”
All U16 teams, including the Mudhens, are looking towards the 2019 U16 Provincial Championships at the beginning of March, which will be followed by the 2019 Western Canadian Ringette Championships.
Centre and defenceman Amanda Robinson said the team has formed a strong base after the first half of the year, but knows they will need to keep the pressure on down the stretch drive.
“I know it’s just going to keep on building and just keep on improving,” said Robinson. “Working on what we have, it’s just going to keep on going hopefully until Westerns.”
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