Ottawa, Ontario – February 5, 2014 – With only five weeks left of regular season play, the Cambridge Turbos continue to maintain their first place ranking in this month’s National Ringette League (NRL) Elite Eight. All eyes are now set on the NRL Championship tournament that will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan from April 7-12, 2014.
As the top team in the white division, Montreal Mission has secured a spot at the championship tournament, while Calgary and Edmonton automatically qualify. It is a tight race between Cambridge and Ottawa in the red division, with the first place team also picking up a direct ticket to the NRL Championship. The final four Eastern teams will be determined through playoffs that will take place on March 15-16 (3rd place vs. 10th, 4th vs. 9th, 5th vs. 8th and 6th vs. 7th, based on final Eastern Conference standings). Calgary RATH currently hold the NRL Championship title after downing Prairie Fire 6-5 in overtime at the 2013 NRL Championship tournament held in April 2013 in Fredericton, NB.
Since the last rankings in early December, Cambridge Turbos (1) have gone undefeated in seven games and Montreal Mission (2) were also undefeated in eleven games. Ottawa Ice (3) moved up one spot after posting eleven wins and one loss, while Calgary RATH (4) moved down one spot, picking up seven wins and suffering four losses. Richmond Hill Lightning (5) maintained their fifth place ranking after winning seven and losing five. Previously unranked Edmonton WAM! (6) picked up seven wins and suffered four losses, while Gloucester Devils (7) maintained their seventh place ranking, winning five and losing seven. Gatineau Fusion (8) drop two spots to claim the final ranking spot after posting two wins and losing nine games.
National Ringette League Elite Eight as of February 5, 2014:
Rank – Rank last month – Team name – Conference
1 – (1) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
2 – (2) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
3 – (4) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
4 – (3) – Calgary RATH – Western
5 – (5) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
6 – (–) – Edmonton WAM! – Western
7 – (7) – Gloucester Devils – Eastern
8 – (6) – Gatineau Fusion – Eastern