Emo Belles strike gold again

The Emo Belles, coached by Lisa Barker and Jim Gill, captured their fourth gold medal this season at a ringette tournament in Dryden last weekend.
Stacey Angus, Tea Vahamaki, and Amy Flatt led Emo with two goals apiece as the Belles edged host Dryden 7-5. Brooke Shabatura got the other goal for Emo.
Brooke Skene paced Dryden with a hat trick while Melissa King netted the other two goals.
In a rematch Sunday, this time it was Tara Lloyd who found the range for Emo, blasting home a hat trick to help the Belles to a 6-2 victory. Deena James and Shabatura also scored for Emo while Skene got both Dryden tallies.
Against Atikokan, Emo fell behind 2-0 early but then stormed back to grab a 9-5 win on the strength of hat tricks from Trista Barker and Amy Flatt. Lloyd also notched a pair while Vahamaki got the other goal.
Cristin Happy (three), Jessica Ridler, and Rachel White replied for Atikokan.
Then in their second game with Atikokan, the Emo Belles cruised to a 7-2 win. Lloyd got the hat trick, while Vahamaki flashed the light twice and assisted on four others.
Barker and Shelly James rounded out the scoring for Emo while Marina Morelli and Crystal Manns tallied for Atikokan.
Unfortunately, it was a different story for the Emo Tweens, who found themselves up against some tough opponents in Dryden.
The squad opened with a narrow 3-1 loss to host Dryden. Sarah Barton had given Emo the early lead but it was all Dryden in the second half as Kasey Haw, Jen Harrison, and Kathlyn Bryk all found the netting to earn the win.
Next, Atikokan doubled Emo 6-3 although the game once again was close during the first half. Nicole Wilson (two) and Amanda Wilson scored for Atikokan while Amanda Lahti and Barton replied for Emo to make it 3-2 after the first half.
But in the second half, Amanda Wilson netted two more goals while Nicole Wilson added another to ice the victory. Nikki Baker picked up Emo’s lone marker in the second half.
Then against Kenora, the Tweens were outplayed, outskated, and outscored to the tune of 12-1. Lexi Cameron proved to be a one-person wrecking crew for Kenora with seven goals.
Danielle Cooke and Ashley Goodridge also had a couple for Kenora while Danielle Gustafson added a single. Baker got Emo’s only goal in that one.


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