The team name might be new, many of the faces might be new, but the results are the same familiar success stories that so many local ringette players have enjoyed in the past.
The Sudbury U14A North Stars ringette crew was downright dominant in capturing gold at the recent 2022 Oshawa Memorial Ringette Tournament, pushed to the brink in only one of their six consecutive victories at the event.
By the end of the opening period of their opening game, the locals had served notice of what was to come, bolting to a 4-0 lead over the Gloucester-Cumberland Devils en route to a 6-1 win.
Lauren Dupuis paced the Sudbury attack with a pair of goals with Mia Michaud, Jenna Provincial, Brooke Lanovaz and Yasmine Ahmed adding solo tallies.
Ahmed would be front and center in game two, recording the hat trick and joined on the scoresheet by Emilie Philippe and Lanovaz as the North Stars tamed the West Ottawa Wild 5-1.
The teeter-totter of game scores continued in game three with Sudbury registering another 6-1 triumph, this one over the Nepean Ravens. Lanovaz, Philippe, Ahmed and Cora Dippong had already propelled the North Stars to a 4-1 lead when Lauren Dupuis capped things off, striking for two more markers of her own.
The one and only threat to their unbeaten string would come in their final round robin game as Brooke Lanovaz buried her second goal of the game in period two, snapping a 2-2 deadlock and lifting the northern girls to a 3-2 win over the City of Ottawa Ice.
Kienna Bracken added the remaining Sudbury goal, with Jacqueline MacMillan drawing the only assist.
Facing the same opponent for a second straight game, the North Stars scored the final three goals, with two from Yasmine Ahmed, completing her hat-trick in a 5-2 semi-final win over the Ice. Brooke Lanovaz and Joslyn McLaughlin also found the back of the net for head coach Tina Duguay and company.
With that out of the way, the tournament champs returned to more familiar territory, blitzing the Sunderland Stingerz 6-1 in the final as Lanovaz (2), McLaughlin (2), Dupuis and Provincial all scored before Kaydence O'Grady broke the Sudbury shutout bid late.
Beyond the goal scorers noted above, the 2022-2023 edition of the U14A North Stars also features Madison Troscinski, Sophia Doyle, Ashlyn Doyle, goaltender Sophie Savignac as well as injured netminder Abigail Minto who cheered mightily from the bench.
Joining Duguay on the team staff are assistant coaches Shelley Ahmed, Joel Michaud and Shayne Troscinski (unable to attend this tournament), trainer Bradie Grainger and team manager Angèle Savignac.