Canadian teams fall to Finland on opening day of world club championship in Finland

Turku, Finland – Wednesday, December 28, 2011 – Richmond Hill Lightning and the Cambridge Turbos faced some tough competition on the opening day of the 2011 world club championship in Turku, Finland today. Richmond Hill lost 14-8 to Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89) and the Turbos, who are the defending world club champions, took a 4-3 loss to Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82). The third Finnish team, Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK), beat the Swedish team Ulriksdals SK (USK) 12-1.
 
Some highlights from the day include RNK’s Susanna Tapani notching five goals and an assist in the game over Sweden and Sofia Horberg scoring the lone goal for Sweden. In the game between LL-89 and Richmond Hill, Kati Koskelin picked up a hat trick for Finland while her teammate Essi Vanhala scored one goal and three assists. Chelsea Barbosa (Oshawa, ON) posted a pair of goals and an assist for the Lightning. When Cambridge met LuKi-82, Jennifer Wakefield (Langley, BC) scored two and Emily Bakker (Mitchell, ON) scored one. Canadian import Jennifer Hartley (Balzac, AB) scored a goal and two assists for LuKi-82.
 
All games will be held at Kupittaa Ice Rink in Turku, Finland and round robin games will run until Friday, December 30, with semi-final games being held on December 31. The finals will take place on January 1, with the bronze medal game taking place at 1:00pm EET and the gold medal game taking place at 4:00pm 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.
 
Results for Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at the 2011 world club championship in Turku, Finland:
Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK) 12 Ulriksdals SK (USK) 1
Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89) 14 Richmond Hill Lightning 8
Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) 4 Cambridge Turbos 3
 
The following is the schedule of games for tomorrow, Thursday December 29, 2011 (all times EET): 
10:00 am Ulriksdals SK (USK) vs. Richmond Hill Lightning
11:50 am Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK) vs. Cambridge Turbos
13:40 pm Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89) vs. Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) 
15:30 pm Cambridge Turbos vs. Ulriksdals SK (USK)
17:20 pm Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) vs. Richmond Hill Lightning
19:10 pm Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK) vs. Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89)