Ottawa, Ontario – March 8, 2012 – With playoffs set to take place this weekend in the East and some important games taking place in the West, National Ringette League (NRL) teams will be laying it all on the line to secure one of the eight spots up for grabs at the NRL Championship tournament that will take place in Burnaby, BC from April 8-14, 2012. At this point, Prairie Fire, Lower Mainland Ringette League (LMRL) Thunder and Calgary RATH have clinched a spot at the championship spot and they will be joined by a fourth team from the West that will be decided as regular season play finishes up. In the East, Montreal Mission will host Waterloo Wildfire, Cambridge Turbos will host Quebec City Cyclones, Ottawa Ice will host the Gloucester Devils, and Richmond Hill Lightning will host Atlantic Attack in the Eastern Conference playoffs this weekend, with winners of each best of three series going to Burnaby.
Today the league announces its Elite Eight rankings as well as its February stars. In the Eastern Conference, the league’s top star goes to Émilie Lavergne (Gatineau) from the Gatineau Fusion who posted seven goals and five assists in five games. The second star goes to Julie Blanchette (Montreal) from the Montreal Mission who posted 10 goals and seven assists in four games, including one a six goal and two assist games versus Lac St. Louis. The last star goes to Amanda Somerville (London) with the Waterloo Wildfire who posted five goals and four assists in her last four games.
In the Western Conference, the first star goes to Deejai Mountford (Saskatoon) who plays between the pipes for the Saskatoon Wild and had a .876 save percentage during the month. The second star goes to Jennifer Wakefield (Cambridge/Langley) after posting four goals and five assists in the LMRL Thunder’s last three games, while Calgary RATH’s Barb Bautista (Calgary) picks up the third star in the West.
Today the league also announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, which sees minimal movement in the top three positions and teams in position four through eight maintaining their ranking. Montreal Mission (1) previously in 3rd place jump to first, the Cambridge Turbos (2) fall from first place to second, and Prairie Fire (3) move down one spot from second last month. Ottawa Ice (4), LMRL Thunder (5), Richmond Hill Lightning (6), Calgary RATH (7), and Atlantic Attack (8) all maintain their elite rankings this month.
National Ringette League Elite Eight as of March 8, 2012:
Rank - (Ranking last month) - Team name - Conference
1 - (3) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
2 – (1) – Cambridge Turbos - Eastern
3 - (2) – Prairie Fire – Western
4 - (4) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
5 - (5) – LMRL Thunder – Western
6 - (6) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
7 - (7) – Calgary RATH - Western
8 - (8) – Atlantic Attack - Eastern