Tillsonburg Family Pet Centre U12s upset St. Thomas 4-3 last Sunday afternoon to win gold medals in the annual Tillsonburg Ringette TwisterFest tournament.
The Family Pet Centre U12s played three preliminary round games, and Sunday's 8-7 win over Elora-Fergus propelled them into the finals against St. Thomas, who had finished on top of the division.
"We played (St. Thomas) twice previously, but could never quite do it. I think they're undefeated in the league," said Family Pet Centre coach Shawn Lisabeth. "We played them in the very first game of the tournament and lost 5-2, so we knew what to expect. Their goalie is one of the best we've played.
"Today we finally capitalized on our chances. Our goalie held us in, their goalie held them in. Our defence played great and the forwards came to play – every girl we had did... it was a team effort."
The Family Pet Centre U12s hovered around the .500 mark in the first half of the Western Region ringette season, Lisabeth said they've been on fire in 2015.
"Since the Christmas break, the last few games and this tournament, the girls seemed to pick it up a notch."
If they stay at that level and keep winning, Lisabeth said he promised to let them shave his head.
"I might have a little fun," he smiled. "The girls played well this weekend – they came together as a team."
Family Pet Centre 8, Elora-Fergus 7
Tied 4-4 after the first period, Sunday morning's game went down to the wire. Grace Baird gave Tillsonburg a two-goal lead with 4:15 left to play. Elora-Fergus got one back with 1:23 remaining, but Baird's goal stood up as the winner.
Tillsonburg scoring: 1. Ella Cattrysse; 2. Madison Armstrong; 3. Maxx Schnekenburger (Chelsea Luscher); 4. Ella Cattrysse (Chelsea Luscher); 5. Chelsea Luscher (Aleashia Pilkey); 6. Chelsea Luscher (Maxx Schnekenburger); 7. Ella Cattrysse; 8. Grace Baird.
Family Pet Centre 4, St. Thomas 3
Tillsonburg came from behind with two second-period goals to win the U12 championship Sunday afternoon.
Maxx Schnekenburger wristed home a shot from the slot, just inside the left post, to win it with 6:03 left to play.
Tillsonburg scoring: 1. Chelsea Luscher (Grace Baird); 2. Peyton Corriveau (Macy Barras, Camryn MacIntyre); 3. Ella Cattrysse (Grace Baird, Peyton Corriveau); 4. Maxx Schnekenburger.