Medal rounds underway at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships

Saskatoon, SK – April 9, 2010 – The medal rounds got underway today at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships being held in Saskatoon, with Alberta (U16), Ontario (U19) and the Cambridge Turbos (NRL) all receiving byes to the finals. Those teams will meet up with Quebec (U16), Alberta (U19) and Edmonton WAM! (NRL). Ontario (U16), Manitoba (U19) and Prairie Fire (NRL) all go home with bronze.

Alberta beat Quebec 7-4 at the end of U16 round robin play to secure a bye to the gold medal game. Ontario and Quebec met up in semi final action, with Quebec coming away with a 4-3 win. Maude Charbonneau from Sainte-Julie picked up a pair of goals and an assist in the game. Boucherville’s Catherine Drouin and Jennifer Sage from Whitby each picked up individual achievement awards in the game, while Paige Nosal from St. Clements, Ontario picked up the defensive game star award. The U16 gold-medal game takes place at 10:00 am (CDT) tomorrow.

Ontario beat the Host team 8-1 to remain undefeated this week and secure a bye to the gold medal game in the U19 division. Manitoba downed BC 8-6 to secure a spot in the semi-final game, while Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Quebec battled it out in mini games with Alberta coming away with a spot in the semis. Alberta remained strong in the semi final game, downing Manitoba 3-2, with Calgary’s Emily Webb picking up a pair of goals and an assist. Calgary’s Shaundra Bruvall and Casie Gauthier from Grunthal both picked up individual achievement awards in the game, while Calgary’ Ashley Boos picked up the defensive game star award. The U19 gold-medal game takes place at 2:30 pm (CDT) tomorrow.

In the NRL division, Prairie Fire beat the Cambridge Turbos 5-3 to give the Turbos their first loss of the week. Regardless of that loss, the Turbos picked up a bye to the finals and will meet Edmonton WAM!. In the semi final game, Edmonton WAM! shut out Prairie Fire 2-0, with singles from Barb Bautista and Krista Reich. Edmonton’s Jennifer Hartley and Winnipeg’s Elise Crocker both picked up individual achievement awards in the game, while Lacombe’s Dailyn Bell picked up the defensive game star award. The NRL gold-medal game takes place at 12:30 pm (CDT) tomorrow.

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. Finals in all three divisions take place tomorrow, 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.

Results for Friday, April 9, 2010 at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Saskatoon, SK:

U16 DIVISION
British Columbia 6 Manitoba 4
Alberta 7 Quebec 4
Nova Scotia 6 New Brunswick 3
Ontario 10 Saskatchewan 3

Semi-final game:
Quebec 4 Ontario 3

Final game to be played at 10:00 am (CDT) tomorrow:
Quebec vs. Alberta

Bronze: Ontario
Round-robin standings for remaining teams:
4. BC
5. Nova Scotia
6. Manitoba
7. New Brunswick
8. Saskatchewan
9. Host

U19 DIVISION
Ontario 8 Host 1
New Brunswick 7 Nova Scotia 2
Quebec 4 Alberta 2
Manitoba 8 BC 6

Mini games:
Alberta 2 Saskatchewan 0
Quebec 2
New Brunswick 1
Alberta 2 Quebec 1

Semi-final game:
Alberta 3 Manitoba 2

Final game to be played at 2:30 pm (CDT) tomorrow:
Alberta vs. Ontario

Bronze: Manitoba
Round-robin standings for remaining teams:
4. Saskatchewan
5. Quebec
6. New Brunswick
7. BC
8. Nova Scotia
9. Host

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

Semi-final game:
Edmonton WAM! 2 Prairie Fire 0

Final game to be played at 12:30 pm am (CDT) tomorrow:
Edmonton WAM! vs. Cambridge Turbos

Bronze: Prairie Fire
Round-robin standings for remaining teams:
4. Calgary RATH
5. Ottawa Ice
6. Saskatoon Wild
7. Waterloo Wildfire
8. Montreal Mission
9. Gloucester Devils
10. Atlantic Sixers

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.

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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.