Turku, Finland – Thursday, December 29, 2011 – Despite each posting wins over Sweden on day two of the 2011 world club championship, Richmond Hill Lightning and the Cambridge Turbos could not beats the Finns again today. The Lightning faced a 12-3 loss to Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) and the Turbos were downed 5-2 by Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK). Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89) are at the front of the Finnish pack, picking up a 9-3 win over LuKi-82 and a 9-6 win over RNK, which puts them at a 3-0 record and the only team undefeated. The Lightning and Turbos both stand at a 1-2 record going into the last day of round-robin play, while LuKi-82 and RNK are 2-1 and Sweden is 0-3.
In the first game of the day, Richmond Hill Lightning downed Sweden 8-2 with Elyssa Jasper (Ajax) posting a pair of goals and an assist and Linda Bjorling assisting on both goals for Sweden. When Cambridge met RNK, Siiri Kallionpaa and Susanna Tapani each picked up pairs and an assist, while Sharolyn Wouters (Port Perry) and Emily Bakker (Mitchell) claimed the goals for Cambridge.
Marjukka Virta scored an impressive four goals and three assists for LL-89 in the 9-3 win over LuKi-82 and her teammate Anne Pohjola scored a hat trick and two assists. When Cambridge beat Sweden 7-2, Bakker, Wouters and Brittany Walden (Kitchener) all posted singles and two assists.
Kirsi Pukkila scored a hat trick and a pair of assists for LuKi-82 in their 12-3 win over Richmond Hill, while Beth Hurren (Bowmanville), Carling Munro (Holland Landing) and Megan Gibson (Richmond Hill) each picked up singles for the Lightning. In the last game of the day, LL-89 downed RNK 9-6 with Essi Vanhala and Tiina Mononen each scoring a pair of goals and an assist for LL-89.
All games are being 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. Messages to the Canadian teams can be sent to GoTurbos@ringette.ca and GoLightning@ringette.ca. You can also follow along on Twitter (@NRLLNR).
Results for Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the 2011 world club championship in Turku, Finland:
Richmond Hill Lightning 8 Ulriksdals SK (USK) 2
Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK) 5 Cambridge Turbos 2
Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89) 9 Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) 3
Cambridge Turbos 7 Ulriksdals SK (USK) 2
Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) 12 Richmond Hill Lightning 3
Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89) 9 Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK) 6
The following is the schedule of games for tomorrow, Friday December 30, 2011 (all times EET):
10:00 am Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82) vs. Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK)
11:50 am Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89) vs. Ulriksdals SK (USK)
13:40 pm Richmond Hill Lightning vs. Cambridge Turbos
15:30 pm Ulriksdals SK (USK) vs. Luvian Kiekko -82 (LuKi-82)
17:20 pm Raision Nuorisokiekko ry (RNK) vs. Richmond Hill Lightning
19:10 pm Cambridge Turbos vs. Lapinlahden Luistin -89 (LL-89)