January 8, 2009 – A new year has rolled around and with less than ten weeks left in regular season play, National Ringette League teams are focused on securing a spot at the 2009 NRL Championship tournament being held from April 7-11, 2009 in Charlottetown, PEI. The tournament will run in conjunction with the Canadian Ringette Championships and will feature the top three teams from the NRL’s Western Conference, the top six teams from the Eastern Conference, as well as a host team from the Atlantic Provinces.
Today the league announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, as well as its December stars. The top five teams in the Elite Eight have held their positions from last month with the Cambridge Turbos (1) remaining undefeated at 13-0, Montreal Mission (2) winning three and dropping one game in a shootout loss to Rive-Sud to stand at 15-1, Calgary RATH (3) maintaining at 3-1 with no games played this past month, Edmonton WAM! (4) dropping one game to the Manitoba Jets and picking up four wins to round out at 7-2, and Rive-Sud Révolution (5) pulling out two wins, including a win over powerhouse Montreal Mission for a 12-5 record to date. Ottawa Ice (6) and Waterloo Wildfire (7) break into the Elite Eight this month with Ottawa posting three wins for a 9-5 record to date and Waterloo picking up four wins to stand at 10-6. Prairie Fire (8) rounds out the Elite Eight, holding on to their eighth place spot from last month with a 5-5 record. Quebec City Cyclones and Manitoba Jets, who were in sixth and seventh position last month, have dropped from the rankings this month.
To account for the difference is the number of games played between the Eastern and Western Conference, the league is now declaring three stars in both Conferences. It’s not surprising that the first star in the Eastern Conference comes from the Cambridge Turbos. Brooklin’s Sharolyn Wouters scored an impressive 18 goals and 13 assists in her five games during the past month. Wouters also sits firmly atop the NRL leading scorer list with 51 goals and 32 assists in 13 games played. Ottawa’s Jenna McBride picks up the East’s second star after posting seven goals and three assists during the Ice’s three wins. The last star goes to London’s Amanda Somerville. Somerville captured four goals and 11 assists during Waterloo Wildfire’s five games this past month.
Sherwood Park’s Tarin Scobie is the Western Conference’s first star. Scobie was named a game star for two of WAM!’s five games and contributed four goals and four assists during the month. Edmonton’s Megan Todd picks up the West’s second star nod with four goals and two assists. Steinbach’s Kayla Krentz from the Manitoba Jets is the West’s third star and despite losing two of three games this past month, Krentz certainly made an impressive showing when she scored five of the six Jets goals during a 7-6 shootout loss to Prairie Fire. Krentz also contributed a goal and an assist in the Jets notable 4-3 win over Edmonton WAM!.
National Ringette League Elite Eight as of January 8, 2009
Rank – (Ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (1) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
2 – (2) – Montréal Mission – Eastern
3 – (3) – Calgary RATH – Western
4 – (4) – Edmonton WAM! – Western
5 – (5) – Rive-Sud Révolution – Eastern
6 – (-) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
7 – (-) – Waterloo Wildfire – Eastern
8 – (8) – Prairie Fire – Western