Finland sweeps world club championship and awards winners

Turku, Finland – Sunday, January 1, 2011 – In an exciting overtime final, Finland’s Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) dashed Canada’s only hope of a medal at the 2011 world club ringette championship, downing the defending world club champion Cambridge Turbos 8-7 and picking up the bronze medal. The win set the stage for a full Finnish sweep of the medals at the event, with Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89) and Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK) meeting in the gold medal game. In the second overtime game of the day, LL-89 ended the tournament undefeated and downed RNK 5-4 to claim gold with Tiina Randell scoring the overtime winner. RNK will go home with silver.

Cambridge’s Emily Bakker (Mitchell) posted a two goals and two assists, while Jacqueline Gaudet (Cambridge) posted a pair of goals and three assists, earning her game MVP honours. Riikka Hayrinen picked up a hat trick, including the game winner and three assists for LuKi-82, while Kirsi Pukkila earned game MVP honors after posting two goals and three assists. Canadian Jennifer Hartley, who plays for LuKi-82, picked up a goal and an assist in the game.

Results for Sunday, January 1, 2012 at the 2011 world club championship in Turku, Finland:
Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) 8 Cambridge Turbos 7 OT
Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89) 5 Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK) 4 OT

Final standings:
Gold: Lapinlahden Luistin -89
Silver: Raision Nuorisokiekko ry
Bronze: Luvian Kiekko -82
4th: Cambridge Turbos
5th: Richmond Hill Lightning
6th: Ulriksdals SK

Scoring summary for bronze medal game involving the Cambridge Turbos:
Luvian Kiekko -82 8 (OT) at Cambridge Turbos 7 - Status: Final OT
Sunday, January 1, 2012 - Kupittaa Ice Rink - Hippoksentie 2 Turku Finland

1st Period-1, Cambridge Turbos, Thompson 1 (Wouters), 0:57. 2, Luvian Kiekko -82, Pukkila 2 (Viinamäki, Häyrinen), 3:03. 3, Cambridge Turbos, Bakker 2 (Gaudet, Cowlen), 7:48 (SH). 4, Luvian Kiekko -82, Häyrinen 1 (Viinamäki, Pukkila), 8:18.

2nd Period-5, Cambridge Turbos, Bakker 3 (Gaudet), 0:55. 6, Cambridge Turbos, Wouters 1 (Wakefield, Nosal), 5:02. 7, Luvian Kiekko -82, Hartley 2 (Häyrinen), 7:58.

3rd Period-8, Cambridge Turbos, Gaudet 1 (Bakker), 3:48 (PP). 9, Luvian Kiekko -82, Viinamäki 2 (Häyrinen, Railio), 10:27 (SH). 10, Luvian Kiekko -82, Hurske 1 (Hartley, Ahvenjärvi), 11:06.

4th Period-11, Cambridge Turbos, Gaudet 2 (Nosal), 0:27 (PP). 12, Cambridge Turbos, Wouters 2 (Bakker, Gaudet), 6:17 (PP). 13, Luvian Kiekko -82, Pukkila 3 (Vuorinen), 7:02 (SH). 14, Luvian Kiekko -82, Häyrinen 2 (From, Pukkila), 9:54 (PP).

OT Period-15, Luvian Kiekko -82, Häyrinen 3 (Pukkila, Viinamäki), 8:42. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Luvian Kiekko -82 11-13-12-14-12-62. Cambridge Turbos 12-8-11-6-2-39.
Goalies-Luvian Kiekko -82, Näkki 1-0-1-0 (39 shots-32 saves). Cambridge Turbos, Pittaway 0-1-1-0 (62 shots-54 saves).
Referees - Lorie Grant, Saija Kantola

A full schedule, stats and a link to the webcasts for all games can be found by clicking on the WCC 2011 links on the main page of the Ringette Canada site at www.ringette.ca.

Awards for the 2011 world club ringette championship were presented to the following players:
Team Most Valuable Players
Cambridge Turbos: Meghan Pittaway
Richmond Hill Lightning: Beth Hurren
Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89):Anne Pohjola
Luvian Kiekko -82: Kirsi Pukkila
Raision Nuorisokiekko ry: Susanna Tapani
Ulriksdals SK: Linda Bjorling

All Star Lineup
Goalie: Anna Nakki, Luvian Kiekko -82
Defense: Beth Hurren, Richmond Hill Lightning
Defense: Jonna Ruotsalainen, Lapinlahden Luistin -89
Forward: Emily Bakker, Cambridge Turbos
Forward: Susanna Tapani, Raision Nuorisokiekko ry
Center: Anne Pohjola, Lapinlahden Luistin -89

Most Valuable Player of the event
Anne Pohjola, Lapinlahden Luistin -89