This month, Ringette Ontario would like to recognize an extraordinary team for our December Team of the Month feature: The Brock Badgers Ringette team.
The team recently won GOLD at the University Challenge Cup! Brienne Paterson shares how the team set a goal and ultimately met it:
The Brock University Ringette team won the national title on Dec 31st at the 2020 University Challenge Cup hosted by the Wilfred Laurier University ringette team and Ringette Ontario, running from Friday, December 27th to Tuesday, December 31st. Competing in the tournament were 15 university teams from across Canada (11 from Ontario, 3 from Alberta, and 1 from Nova Scotia). Brock went undefeated through all 8 round robin games in the first two rounds, secured them a first-place spot in the gold medal final vs. second-place team Lethbridge on December 31st.
The game started off competitively but had Lethbridge leading Brock 2-0 at half. At the 6- minute mark in the second period, Lethbridge was winning 3-2, but with a goal from second- year forward Natalie Reay, the game was tied. On a delayed penalty call against Brock and with 49 seconds left in the game, Lethbridge scored to make it 4-3. Then with 15 seconds left in the game, fourth-year forward Brienne Paterson scored to tie it again at 4-4, sending the game to overtime. With 2 minutes remaining in the 5-minute overtime period, fourth-year centre Jordyn Cousins scored to win the game and championship for Brock.
Brock’s strong defensive core and outstanding goaltending only allowed 27 goals through 9 games, while all offensive lines, and some defensive players, contributed to score 62 goals throughout the tournament. The team is now preparing for upcoming tournament in Richmond Hill at the end of January, and provincials in Richmond Hill in mid-March.
“As a coach I couldn’t have been prouder of the team on or off the ice. It was a fabulous run going 9-0 at a national event, “said Head Coach, Glenn Hayter
Captain and fourth-year forward, Reagan Hayter also stated, “All week, we played as a whole team, not once did we ever give up, and accomplishing this win with this group of girls is something I will never forget.”
Our goals for the tournament as a team were to consistently play at the competitive high level that we are capable of throughout the lengthy tournament and to represent Brock Badgers to the best of our ability, demonstrating the advancement of our program over the past few years. We met and surpassed our goals for the University Challenge Cup.
We played at a consistent level throughout the tournament, we stuck to our own strategies but were also able to adapt to new challenges based on the teams we were playing. We stepped up when we needed the win and did what needed to be done. We worked as a team and everyone contributed using their own strengths to win games. Our team is very reliant on each and every player and we succeed when we combine strong chemistry with grit and determination. Over the past few years our team has developed significantly, and we are so proud of our first national victory for the Brock ringette program. The group of fourth years, some of who are graduating this year, have seen the team throughout this development and could not be happier to celebrate this victory with new players and supportive alumni. We are proud to be Brock Badgers!