Tillsonburg DeGroote-Hill U10 Twisters didn't lose the gold medal game last Sunday afternoon.
They won the silver.
That was DeGroote-Hill coach Dan Behman's message after Sunday's 10-5 loss to Dorchester in the U10 finals of the Tillsonburg Ringette TwisterFest.-
"We played one of the best games we've played all year," said Behman. "They really came out fired up – they were doing a lot, they were hustling hard, they were skating hard, they were going for the ring, checking hard... I'm super proud of them. They played one of their best games, if not the best game, of the season. They definitely deserve it."
Behman had told the girls before the game, 'If you go out there and try as hard as you can, and leave everything on the ice, you have no reason to be upset at the end of the game.'
"And I don't think any of them were (upset), they were trying hard right until the end."
Tillsonburg finished the round-robin portion of the Jan. 16-18 tournament with a 1-1-1 record.
"I think the tournament went pretty well," said Behman. "One win, loss and tie, so not too bad."
Dorchester had defeated the Twisters 5-2 in the round-robin, then doubled the Twisters 10-5 in Sunday's U10 championship final. But it was only a one-goal differential most of the first period on Sunday, Behman noted. Dorchester scored three goals in three-and-a-half minutes, including a goal with just eight seconds left in the period to take a 5-3 lead.
"It was very close, especially the first half. And the second half was very close as well. It was more toward the end of the game where it got away from us a bit. Dorchester is a very strong team."
The Twisters have a young team, he said, compared to a mostly nine-year-old Dorchester team. Despite the young age – almost half of them were new to the U10 division – they were competitive in the first half of the season with a 7-4-1 record.
"We don't have the experience of some teams, but it's coming. They're working hard, practicing hard. We're proud of them."
DeGroote-Hill 5, Elora-Fergus 5
Tillsonburg took a 5-4 lead with 1:54 left on Ally Verhoeve's second goal of the game. Elora-Fergus tied it up again 28 seconds later.
Tillsonburg scoring: 1. Katie Behman; 2. Ally Verhoeve; 3. Myra Craig; 4. Katie Behman; 5. Ally Verhoeve (Paige McIntyre)
Dorchester 10, DeGroote-Hill 5
Tillsonburg scoring: 1. Katie Behman (Kylie Mendonca); 2. Ally Verhoeve; 3. Ally Verhoeve (Mackenzie Anderson); 4. Myra Craig; 5. Katie Behman (Paige McIntyre)