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Niagara Falls Daredevils find way to beat familiar foe by reviewing videos
Submitted By Victoria Nicolaou on Tuesday, April 9, 2019
(original article at the Standard)

Third time was the charm for the Niagara Falls Daredevils as they silenced the Paris Thunder 5-2 to win the Southern Regional under-14 ringette championship.After dropping 5-1 and 5-4 decisions to top-seeded Paris in pool play, the Daredevils knew what they were up against with the gold medal on the line at the Brantford tournament."Paris was a powerhouse," said head coach Mark West.



"They smoked us in the first (game), we got very close in the second and finished the deal in the finals."Niagara Falls went into regionals intending to find a way to be competitive with Paris. One way of doing that, said West, was by reviewing video of their games with Paris with assistant coach Andre Bourgeault."We dissected what (Paris was) doing to us," said West.
"After we did that, we made some minor adjustments to our defence, and it helped even the score."Carter Lalonde lead Niagara Falls in scoring with four goals in the gold medal game and Ava Fullerton scored one goal. West called Lalonde a "powerful player" but was quick to give credit to the rest of the team."(Lalonde) put them in, but there were assists from all the other players on the team. The kids all played really well," said West.
Niagara Falls finished the regular season with an 8-8-3 record and a tournament record of 12-3-0. The Daredevils played five tournaments, getting to the finals in all five, and winning the St. Catharines ringette tournament in addition to the regional championship."I've never been through that, so it was exciting," said West. "Being on the bench that's what you hope is that they can bring home the prize."But for West, it was just as important to see the players develop on and off the ice.
"You want to see them get better from September to April - the skating, the passing, the shooting," he said. "The fringe benefits are all the camaraderie and the friendships and the silliness that goes on behind the scenes.

These kids are making friends for life."The Niagara Falls Daredevils are part of the Ontario Ringette Association and play their home games at the Gale Centre.Players on the Daredevils: Kyle Bartok, Ruby Bartok, Chantal Bourgeault, Erin Collins, Ava Fullerton, Emma Judd, Carter Lalonde, Jacqueline Lalonde, Victoria Lalonde, Reagan Loewe, Daniella Paugh, Kyle Seekins, Matthew West, Sarah West and Sophie Winter.Head coach: Mark West. Assistant coaches: Paul Lalonde and Andre Bourgeault. Trainer: Mandy West. Manager: Michele Lalonde
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