Cochrane ringette players Bryn and Shea White can now swap stories with their mother about what it's like to be a medallist at the Canada Winter Games.
The two, who are two-thirds of a triplet, helped Team Saskatchewan claim bronze with a 4-3 overtime win over Prince Edward Island (PEI), the games' host.
"It was crazy," they say. "We won in overtime and because we played PEI in the final, the crowd was just filled with PEI fans, so the rink was so noisy and so loud. I think it fired us up, especially our team, because there were so many people and it was such a high, intense game, that all of the girls rose to the challenge."
They both say there was a cool vibe in PEI for the games.
"It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the fans made the whole game and the games in general way more fun," says Shea.
"Everyone treated you with so much respect in your sport," says Bryn. "It was so crazy with all the people there because there were athletes from so many different sports there, too. It was super cool that we were all part of a bigger event."
After dropping their first two games, Team Sask stormed back to advance to the semifinals, including a dramatic come-from-behind win in the quarter-final against New Brunswick. They lost the semifinal game to Alberta 5-3 but advanced to the bronze medal game.
Before the games, they had participated in a tournament in PEI against the other provincial teams and had a good idea of what they were facing.
"It was really competitive and super fun to be part of such a competitive environment," they say.
The sisters are both attending USask and had originally planned to try out for Team Alberta. Distance, though, was a factor, and one of their Alberta coaches encouraged them to try out for Team Saskatchewan.
They say Saskatchewan head coach Mel Brockman helped them register for tryouts that began last March.
"We're both very thankful to have the opportunity to go. We're grateful to the coaching staff and our teammates, too. It was an overall great experience, super fun for our ringette careers, and a great way to spend 10 days in PEI."
In 1991, their mother Melissa was part of the Alberta team that won gold at a Canada Winter Games that was also held in PEI. Their parents were at this year's games to cheer them on.
"She still tells us lots of stories and all her memories from the experience and all the friends she still has from the Canada Winter Games team.
The pair started ringette at a young age with the Cochrane Rockies, then with Zone 2 AA Ringette, last playing for the U19 zone team. They continue to play in Saskatoon.
The medal win was especially sweet for Saskatchewan. They had won only one other ringette medal in 1999, also a bronze. The team's head coach Mel Brockman and assistant coach Daina Seymour were part of that team and another assistant coach, Sheryl Bird, coached both Seymour and Brockman in that bronze medal performance.
Though they lost, it was a proud moment for Team PEI as well.
"It was the first time PEI had been in a medal's game for Canada Winter Games ringette ever, so they were making history, too," they explained.
Quebec won gold and Alberta bronze.
By the way, the third member of the triplets is Jake White, who was part of the Cochrane Endurance Project and is also studying at USask. Shea is pursuing education and Bryn is in pre-nursing.