National Ringette League announces Elite Eight rankings, December Stars

Ottawa, Ontario – January 12, 2012 – With just under ten weeks left in the National Ringette League (NRL) season, teams are on the home stretch to secure a spot at the NRL Championship tournament in Burnaby, BC from April 8-14, 2012. Today the league announces its Elite Eight rankings as well as its December stars.

In the Eastern Conference, the league’s top star goes to Ottawa Ice’s goaltender Tori Goble (Carleton Place). Goble had an impressive .928 save percentage during the Ice’s December games and holds a .937 save percentage for games played so far during 2012. The second star goes to Cambridge’s Emily Bakker (Mitchell) who posted 19 goals and 15 assists during the Turbos last ten games. The last star goes to Jess Jones (St. Thomas) who scored ten goals and ten assists for Richmond Hill Lightning in their last ten games.

In the Western Conference, the first star once again goes to Salla Kyhala from the Lower Mainland Ringette League (LMRL) Thunder who continues her scoring streak and contributed an impressive 16 goals and nine assists in the Thunder’s last six games. The second star goes to Saskatoon Wild’s Sjaane Beattie (Saskatoon) after she posted nine goals and five assists in the Wild’s last nine games. The last star in the West goes to Calgary RATH’s Emily Webb (Calgary) who scored six goals and six assists in the last six games, including a six-point game over Edmonton WAM! on December 18th.

Today the league also announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, which sees Montreal Mission (1) maintaining their first place ranking, Ottawa Ice (2) jumping up three spots from 5th last month moving last month’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams down one spot, and lastly, there was no movement in the 6th through 8th spots this month, with those teams maintaining their ranking from last month.

Montreal Mission posted five wins and one loss (to Cambridge) in the past month, while Ottawa Ice won eight straight games. Prairie Fire (3) also went undefeated in their last seven games. Cambridge Turbos (4) posted eight wins and one loss (to Ottawa), while Richmond Hill Lightning (5) won six and lost three. Calgary RATH (6) picked up three wins and posted two losses, while LMRL Thunder (7) had three wins and three losses. Edmonton WAM! (8) round out the rankings in 8th place with two losses since last month.

National Ringette League Elite Eight as of January 12, 2012:
Rank – (Pre-season ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (1) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
2 – (5) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
3 – (2) – Prairie Fire – Western
4 – (3) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
5 – (4) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
6 – (6) – Calgary RATH – Western
7 – (7) – LMRL Thunder – Western
8 – (8) – Edmonton WAM! – Western