The Quesnel Argo Road Maintenance ringette team can call themselves defending champions after a 10-8 win over the Burnaby Ice Monkeys Sunday at the B.C. Provincial B Ringette Championships.
Quesnel went undefeated in tournament play.
Head coach Alan Armstrong was happy with the team’s play over the weekend, saying it was a team effort coming away as the provincials champions
“We had different stars every time. It was a very competitive division. The top four or five teams were all really competitive,” said Armstrong, who has been coaching the core group of players for five years.
Most of the Tweens moved up from Petite this season after winning the provincial B Petite championships.
“The goal was to get into the medal round. We got there and the gold was just gravy from there. We’re really really excited,” said Armstrong. After the strong showing this season the club is thinking of moving up to the A division next season, he said.
Quesnel had multiple goals from Molly Bare, Kristy Mallett, Rosalynne Paivinen, and Darbi Reimer. Katherine Armstrong and Quinn Davis each had one goal.
“We preach team concept. We play as a team. We have different people shine at different times. We had the goaltender win one game for us, our defence has won us a game or two and so have our forwards. It’s an overall team effort,” said Armstrong.
Mallett, one of two second-year players on the team, was there last year when the Tween’s won gold and will be moving up to Junior next season. Finishing the season off with a gold was a nice ending for her.
“We pretty much won all our games all year and we came into this tournament thinking we are going to try our hardest to win. We thought we’d win, but we didn’t know for sure. When we played Burnaby, before they gave us a run for our money because they are fast and big and have good shots and everything,” she said.
The Ice Monkeys were led by Jillian Barron with three goals and an assist. Tara Holmberg and Jennifer Patch had two goals each.
The Prince George Tween Bugbusters dropped the bronze medal game 7-6 to North West Vancouver to finish fourth.
In the Junior division Vernon beat Port Coquitlam 9-5 to become provincial champions.
Kelowna finished third and Quesnel fourth.
Petite gold was won by Westside with a 9-8 win over Fraser Valley. Prince George Red Hot Chilli Peppers edged past Vernon 5-4 for bronze.