Golden time in PG for ringette team

Fraser Valley won the U19 A Division provincial championship. - submitted photo
Fraser Valley won the U19 A Division provincial championship.
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A first period deficit could not slow Fraser Valley, as they overcame a two-goal hole to capture the U19A provincial championship in Prince George.

The Fraser Valley Ringette Association squad was down 3-1 to top-seed Surrey, but came rallied back for the 7-4 victory.

"It was a challenging game, we fell behind 3-1 but the girls never gave up," said coach Mitch Schwartz.

"And scoring our first two goals on the power play helped us start our comeback."

With the score tied at four, Rachel Gauthier netted the winner — she also opened the scoring and had two assists — and Ali Ferguson added two goals, the second one into the empty net for the gold medal.

Kim Ratel, Emma Paradis and Teagan Dixon had the other goals, while Katie Vincent had three assists.

Jennifer Otty had a strong game in goal.

Fraser Valley had placed second in the five-team round robin pool with a 3-1 record, their only loss a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Surrey. And in the semifinals, Fraser Valley shutout Kelowna 3-0 to set up the showdown with Surrey for the gold medal.

"Surrey is a very skilled team," Schwartz said. "We had only beaten them once in six previous games this year."

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