Their opponents included three teams they hadn

## ## Xtreme going for gold at Eastern Canadian championships

Five minutes after the Forest U19A Xtreme won the Ontario ringette championship last month, there was a knock on the dressing room door.

It was a Ringette Ontario official telling the players they no longer represented Forest. They were now Team Ontario.

They received their provincial jerseys and pants right there. They were also fitted for the red and white jackets they be sporting this weekend at the Eastern Canadian under 19 championship in Oshawa.

a pretty neat experience for the girls, that for sure, representing the province, head coach Mick Chalmers said.

This is the first time the Xtreme are playing as Team Ontario. They made their only other trip to the Eastern Canadian championships in 2017 as a wild card after losing in the provincial final.

They play one round robin game Thursday, two Friday and two Saturday. The playoffs are Sunday.

Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and host Oshawa are the other entries.

The Xtreme won gold on their previous trip to the Eastern Canadians.

Two players Emily Hutchings of Bright Grove and Karah Postil of Sarnia remain from that squad. This season, they balanced ringette with their college classes at Lambton and Fanshawe, respectively.

Most of the players have been together for seven or eight years.

They knew the Xtreme could do well this season, Chalmers said, but the provincial title went beyond their wildest dreams.

definitely exceeded expectations, that for sure, he said. went right at provincials, the girls clicked and they played their best tournament of the year. Xtreme were ranked sixth out of seven teams at the provincials in North Bay. Their opponents included three teams they hadn beaten all season.

The Forest team sometimes goes to the Ontario championships with its sights set on gold. But the hopes were more modest this year.

these expectations sometimes maybe nerves kick in, Chalmers said. I think this time the girls didn have the expectation we should win it all. wasn until the third day of the four day tournament the girls realized they had a shot, he said.

might actually have a chance to win this, he said. believed in themselves that they could win and that exactly what happened. placing third in the round robin with a 3 2 1 record, they edged Timmins 4 3 in a semifinal.

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