Cambridge Turbos and the Alberta U16 team remain untouchable at 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships

Saskatoon, SK – April 8, 2010 – The Cambridge Turbos and the U16 team from Alberta are the only teams that remain undefeated at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Saskatoon. Competition today included round robin play in the U16 and U19 divisions, while teams in the National Ringette League division (18 and over) competed in the championship round.

In the U16 division, Alberta came away with a 10-4 win over Nova Scotia and then went on to beat previously undefeated Ontario 5-1. Ontario and Quebec remain tight on Alberta’s heels, with Ontario beating the Host 8-1 and Quebec picking up a 4-3 win over Manitoba and a 7-3 win over the Host team. Quebec will look to break Alberta’s winning streak when those two teams meet up at 8:00 am CDT tomorrow morning.

Ontario jockeyed ahead in the U19 division today, downing Saskatchewan 9-2 and beating Alberta 3-1. If they post a win against the Host team tomorrow morning, they will capture a bye to the finals on Saturday. A number of teams will be laying it on the line as round robin play finishes up tomorrow morning as the race to the finals will be tight in this division.

The championship round got underway in the NRL division, with the Cambridge Turbos beating Saskatoon Wild 8-3 and delivering Edmonton WAM! their first loss in a tight 3-2 game. The Turbos remain undefeated in the NRL division. Ottawa Ice picked up two wins, downing Prairie Fire 7-5 and Saskatoon Wild 4-2. Edmonton WAM! beat Calgary RATH 6-5, while Prairie Fire beat Calgary 4-3 in overtime.

Twenty-eight teams are participating in the event. The U16 and U19 divisions include competition among provincial champions, while the NRL division represents the NRL championship tournament and includes the top three Western Conference teams compete against the top five Eastern Conference teams, along with Saskatoon Wild as the host entry and the Atlantic Sixers as the Atlantic entry. Bronze medal games are Friday night (April 9th) and finals in all three divisions take place on Saturday, April 10th (10 am U16, 12:30 pm NRL and 2:30 pm U19). All-stars and the NRL Annual Awards will be announced at the closing award ceremony on Saturday night.

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.leaguestat.com/ringettecanada/crc_open/en/stats/schedule.php

More information on the event can be found on the Ringette Canada website at: http://www.ringette.ca/Content/Major%20Events/CRC/2010/MainCRC.asp?langid=1 and the Host website here: www.crc2010.ca.

Competition continues Friday, April 9th at 8:00 a.m. (CDT).

Results for Thursday, April 8, 2010 at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Saskatoon, SK:

U16 DIVISION
New Brunswick 5 Saskatchewan 3
Alberta 10 Nova Scotia 4
Ontario 8 Host 1
Quebec 4 Manitoba 3
Nova Scotia 11 Saskatchewan 5
BC 9 New Brunswick 2
Alberta 5 Ontario 1
Quebec 7 Host 3

U19 DIVISION
Alberta 7 Nova Scotia 0
Manitoba 7 Quebec 6
Ontario 9 Saskatchewan 2
New Brunswick 6 BC 5 (OT)
Nova Scotia 4 Host 2
Saskatchewan 12 Quebec 8
Ontario 3 Alberta 1
New Brunswick 7 Host 1

NRL DIVISION
Edmonton WAM! 6 Calgary RATH 5
Cambridge Turbos 8 Saskatoon Wild 3
Ottawa Ice 7 Priarie Fire 5
Waterloo Wildfire 5 Montreal Mission 2
Gloucester Devils 5 Atlantic Sixers 1
Cambridge Turbos 3 Edmonton WAM! 2
Prairie Fire 4 Calgary RATH 3 (OT)
Ottawa Ice 4 Saskatoon 2
Waterloo Wildfire 7 Gloucester Devils 6 (OT)
Montreal Mission 9 Atlantic Sixers 6

About Ringette
Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently over 27,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.

-30-

For more information or if you would like to receive scores and statistics during the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships, please contact:

Alayne Martell
Ringette Canada/National Ringette League
Onsite at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships
Cell: 902-308-1067
alayne@ringette.ca
www.ringette.ca
www.nationalringetteleague.ca

Ce communiqué de presse sera également disponible en français demain matin sur le site web de Ringuette Canada.