Alberta U16, Quebec U19 and Edmonton WAM! golden at Canadian ringette championships

Cambridge, ON – April 2, 2011 – It was ringette at its finest as teams battled it out for gold during the finals of the 2011 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Cambridge today. It would appear the bye to the finals was a good luck charm as all three gold medal winners skipped the semi-finals and went straight to the big game to claim gold.

Defending NRL champions Edmonton WAM! were down 2-0 at the beginning of the second period and came back with four to down the hometown favoured Cambridge Turbos 4-2.

The excitement was evident on Keely Brown's face immediately following the game, but there was also a bit of shock. “Last year we were expected to win, this year was different. When the buzzer went, I was in shock. I may have been the only one online who voted for us. Well, maybe some of my teammates voted for us too,” she said smiling. The Edmonton WAM! and Team Canada veteran, who is a native of Kitchener, made an impressive 50 saves in the game.

Jennifer Hartley from Balzac, Alberta posted an impressive pair of goals in the game and was quick to credit the win to the comradery on the team. “This was our ultimate goal. At the end of the game, I looked around and saw 15 of my best friends (on the ice with me). We won this together, we play our best when we are having fun.”

Jennifer Hartley and Jackie Gaudet from Cambridge picked up individual achievement awards in the game, while Keely Brown picked up the defensive game star award. Officials were Nat Fortin from Limoges, Ontario and Kevin Lee from Mississauga, Ontario.

In a thrilling U16 final, Alberta claimed gold after downing Quebec 2-1. Calgary's Justine Exner posted a goal and an assist in the game, while Spruce Grove's Danielle Bechard assisted on both Alberta goals. Quebec's lone goal was scored by Justine Lapointe from St-Basile-le-Grand.

Calgary's Tori Hart and Justine Lapointe picked up individual achievement awards in the game, while Justine Exner picked up the defensive game star award. Officials in the U16 final were Karen Meek from Bowmanville, Ontario and Lorie Grant from Kitchener, Ontario.

Quebec overpowered Ontario 5-4 to take gold in the U19 final. Laval's Julia Commisso posted a pair for Quebec and Chambly's Elizabeth Audette Bourdeau faced 47 shots between the pipes. Samantha Nosal (St. Clements) had a hand in all four Ontario goals, scoring two and assisting on Josie Scott's (Mitchell) two goals.

Josie Scott and Julia Commisso picked up individual achievement awards in the game, while Elizabeth Audette Bourdeau picked up the defensive game star award. Officials were Brent Bunting from Barrie, Ontario and Jaimie Nelson from High River, Alberta.

All-stars and the NRL Annual Awards will be announced at the closing award ceremony later tonight.

Rosters, schedules, standings and stats can be found at the following links:
U16: http://www.leaguestat.com/ringettecanada/crc_u16/en/stats/schedule.php
U19: http://www.leaguestat.com/ringettecanada/crc_u19/en/stats/schedule.php
NRL: http://www.nationalringetteleague.ca/stats/schedule.php?view=day&language=en

More information on the event can be found on the Ringette Canada website at: http://www.ringette.ca/content/Major%20Events/CRC/2011/Main.asp?langid=1
and the Host website here: www.crc2011.ca.

Results for Saturday, April 2, 2011 at the 2011 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Cambridge, ON:

U16 DIVISION
Alberta 2 Quebec 1

Gold: Alberta
Silver: Quebec
Bronze: Ontario
Round-robin standings for remaining teams:
4. Manitoba
5. New Brunswick
6. Host
7. British Columbia
8. Nova Scotia
9. Saskatchewan

U19 DIVISION
Quebec 5 Ontario 4

Gold: Quebec
Silver: Ontario
Bronze: Alberta
Round-robin standings for remaining teams:
4. Host
5. Manitoba
6. British Columbia
7. Saskatchewan
8. New Brunswick

NRL DIVISION
Edmonton WAM! 4 Cambridge Turbos 2

Gold: Edmonton WAM!
Silver: Cambridge Turbos
Bronze: Calgary RATH
Round-robin standings for remaining teams:
4. Prairie Fire
5. Richmond Hill Lightning
6. Ottawa Ice
7. Montreal Mission
8. Cyclones de Quebec
9. Atlantic Attack
10. Gloucester Devils

NAMI Performance Awards presented at the 2011 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships

Cambridge, ON – April 2, 2011 – The NAMI Performance Awards were presented tonight at the 2011 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships that have been taking place in Cambridge, Ontario since Monday. The performance awards recognize excellence in the sport of ringette and were presented at the closing ceremonies.

The Canadian ringette championships are designed to crown champions in the U16, U19 and National Ringette League (18 and over) divisions; to provide fun, friendship and fitness to participating players; and to encourage ringette across Canada.

While the championships hope to stimulate ringette participation in Canada, they also carry the important goal of promoting excellence in competitive ringette – team excellence and individual excellence. Criteria for being awarded a performance award include: general excellence, specialized skills in her position, contribution to team success, capacity for fair play, and sportsmanship.

Agnes Jacks True Sport awards were also presented in each division. Winners included the U16 team from British Columbia , the U19 team from New Brunswick and the Atlantic Attack in the NRL division.

The NAMI Performance Awards were presented to:

U16 DIVISION
First all-star team:
Goalie - #30 Emily Ferguson - Host U16 (Waterloo, ON)
Defense –#3 Saige Petros – Alberta U16 (Calgary, AB)
Defense –#2 Annick Murphy – New Brunswick U16 (Dieppe, NB)
Centre – #7 Emily McMartin – British Columbia U16 (Quesnel, BC)
Forward – #7 Shaelyn Reaman – Host U16 (Millbank, ON)
Forward – #4 Bailey McLeish – Ontario U16 (Whitby, ON)

Second all-star team:
Goalie – #1 Nathalie Poirier – New Brunswick U16 (Dieppe, NB)
Defense – #14 Jessica Purbrick – Host U16 (Cambridge, ON)
Defense –# 11 Leah Erwin – Ontario U16 (Courtice, ON)
Centre –#29 Justine Lapointe – Québec U16 (St-Basile-le-Grand, QC)
Forward –#10 Lindsea Barbosa – Ontario U16 (Oshawa, ON)
Forward – #7 Tori Hart – Alberta U16 (Calgary, AB)

U19 DIVISION
First all-star team:
Goalie - #30 Karine Doiron – New Brunswick U19 (Ste. Anne de Kent, NB)
Defense - #66 Jade Abboud – Québec U19 (Laval, QC)
Defense - #6 Nicole Prokop – Alberta U19 (Calgary, AB)
Centre - #9 Shaundra Bruvall – Alberta U19 (Calgary, AB)
Forward - #23 Genevieve Pepper – Québec U19 (Laval, QC)
Forward - #18 Josie Scott – Ontario U19 (Mitchell, ON)

Second all-star team:
Goalie - #1 Amy Webb – Alberta U19 (Calgary, AB)
Defense - #2 Cassidy Gale – Saskatchewan U19 (Regina, SK)
Defense - #65 Carolane Krutzfeldt Duplessis – Québec U19 (Laval, QC)
Centre - #16 Kelsey Youldon – Ontario U19 (Nepean, ON)
Forward - #18 Christianne Varty – Alberta U19 (Calgary, AB)
Forward – #11 Breanne Hutchings – Host U19 (Cambridge, ON)

NRL DIVISION
First all-star team:
Goalie - #1 Keely Brown - Edmonton WAM! (Kitchener, ON)
Defense -#4 Jenna McBride – Ottawa Ice (Ottawa, ON)
Defense - #7 Emily Dixon – Edmonton WAM! (Edmonton, AB)
Centre – #17 Jennifer Hartley – Edmonton WAM!(Balzac, AB)
Forward - # 18 Jacqueline Gaudet – Cambridge Turbos (Cambridge, ON)
Forward - # 5 Barb Bautista – Calgary RATH (Ottawa, ON)

Second all-star team:
Goalie - # 29 Tori Goble - Ottawa Ice (Carleton Place, ON)
Defense - # 14 Beth Hurren – Richmond Hill Lightning (Bowmanville, ON)
Defense - # 22 Carrie Lugg – Ottawa Ice (Ottawa, ON)
Centre - # 4 Jennifer Wakefield – Cambridge Turbos (Cambridge, ON)
Forward - # 15 Ashley Peters – Edmonton WAM! (Cardiff Echoes, AB)
Forward - # 19 Ashley Lutz - Prairie Fire (Winnipeg, MB)

 

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