Canadian ringette championships showcase speed, skill and intense competition

Cambridge, ON – March 31, 2011 – Competition remains tight and interesting on day four of the 2011 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships taking place in Cambridge this week. Games today included round robin play in the U16 and U19 divisions, while teams in the National Ringette League division (NRL – 18 and over) competed in the championship round.

It’s a tight race in the U16 division and the final three round-robin games being played tomorrow morning will dictate who moves onto the medal round. Depending on the outcome of those games, Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and Manitoba all still have a shot at going for gold. Ontario beat the host Turbos 10-5 today, but were downed 8-4 by Alberta. Alberta also downed Saskatchewan 6-4. While New Brunswick came out strong early in the week, they faced a second tough day of competition, being defeated 6-3 by Quebec and 7-6 by British Columbia. Manitoba posted a strong day today, downing Quebec 7-5 and posting a 4-1 win over British Columbia.

The fate of the U19 division is also down to some key results from tomorrow’s final round-robin games. Alberta is sure to be in the medal round, but where they will place will depend on how Ontario, Quebec and the Host Turbos finish up round-robin play in the morning. Alberta beat Saskatchewan 4-3 to finish round robin play with a record of 6-1. Previously undefeated Quebec suffered their first loss, being downed 4-3 in overtime by Ontario. Quebec will square off against the host Turbos in the morning. The Turbos beat British Columbia 4-3 in overtime today.

Some interesting outcomes took place in the NRL division today and the tickets to the medal round are still up in the air. Ottawa Ice squeaked into the championship round and managed to pull off a 2-1 win over previously undefeated Prairie Fire, but were later downed 4-2 by Richmond Hill Lightning. Prairie Fire were handed their second loss of the day by the Cambridge Turbos who came away with the 8-5 win. Defending NRL champions Edmonton WAM! pulled off some big wins today, downing the Cambridge Turbos 6-5 and downing previously undefated Calgary RATH 3-2 in overtime. The games that will determine who makes the medal round will take place tomorrow morning and will see Ottawa meet Edmonton, Cambridge face Richmond Hill and Prairie Fire match up with Calgary.

Bronze medal games take place tomorrow night (5 pm U16, 6:30 pm U19 and 8 pm NRL) and finals in all three divisions take place on Saturday, April 2nd (10 am U16, 12:30 pm NRL and 3 pm U19). The semi-final and final games will be webcast live through the Ringette Canada website at www.ringette.ca. 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.nationalringetteleague.ca/stats/schedule.php?view=day&language=en

More information on the event can be found on the Ringette Canada website at: http://www.ringette.ca/content/Major%20Events/CRC/2011/Main.asp?langid=1
and the Host website here: www.crc2011.ca.

Competition continues Friday, April 1st at 8:00 a.m. (EDT).

Results for Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the 2011 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Cambridge, ON:

U16 DIVISION
British Columbia 7 New Brunswick 6
Ontario 10 Host 5
Manitoba 7 Quebec 5
Alberta 6 Saskatchewan 4
Quebec 6 New Brunswick 3
Host 5 Nova Scotia 2
Alberta 8 Ontario 4
Manitoba 4 British Columbia 1

U19 DIVISION
Saskatchewan 8 New Brunswick 1
Manitoba 9 British Columbia 3
Ontario 4 Quebec 3 OT
Manitoba 8 New Brunswick 1
Alberta 4 Saskatchewan 3
Host 4 British Columbia 3 OT

NRL DIVISION
Ottawa Ice 2 Prairie Fire 1
Calgary RATH 7 Richmond Hill Lightning 6
Edmonton WAM! 6 Cambridge Turbos 5
Montreal Mission 8 Atlantic Attack 3
Cyclones de Quebec 5 Gloucester Devils 4
Richmond Hill Lightning 4 Ottawa Ice 2
Edmonton WAM! 3 Calgary RATH 2 OT
Cambridge Turbos 8 Prairie Fire 5
Montreal Mission 6 Cyclones de Quebec 5
Atlantic Attack 8 Gloucester Devils 7 OT