Turku, Finland – Saturday, December 31, 2011 – The defending world club champion Cambridge Turbos were denied a chance at repeat gold today when they were downed 3-1 by Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89) in the semi-finals. Emily Bakker (Mitchell) scored the lone goal for Cambridge, assisted by Jacqueline Gaudet (Cambridge), while goalie Meghan Pittaway (Cambridge) made 44 saves and earned game MVP honours for Cambridge. Anne Pohjola continued her scoring streak to pick up two goals for LL-89 and goalie Johanna Mikkonen made 29 saves to also receive game MVP honours. The Turbos will now move on to play Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) for bronze tomorrow after that team was downed 5-4 in overtime by Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK) in the other semi-final game today. Susanna Tapani scored four goals and an assist, including the game winning goal for RNK.
Richmond Hill Lightning end the tournament in fifth place after defeating Sweden 8-2 this morning. Erika Kiviaho (Sudbury) scored a pair of goals and an assist and Jessica Jones (St. Thomas) also picked up a pair to receive game MVP honours for Richmond Hill.
Games are being held at Kupittaa Ice Rink in Turku, Finland. The finals will be played tomorrow, January 1 with the bronze medal game taking place at 1:00 pm EET and the gold medal game taking place at 4:00 pm EET. A full schedule, stats and a link to the live 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. Messages to the Canadian teams can be sent to GoTurbos@ringette.ca and GoLightning@ringette.ca. You can also follow along on Twitter (@NRLLNR).
Results for Saturday, December 31, 2011 at the 2011 world club championship in Turku, Finland:
Richmond Hill Lightning 8 Ulriksdals SK (USK) 2
Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89) 3 Cambridge Turbos 1
Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK) 5 Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) 4 OT
The following is the schedule of games for tomorrow, Sunday January 1, 2011 (all times EET):
1:00 pm Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) vs. Cambridge Turbos
4:00 pm Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK) vs. Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89)