Ottawa, Ontario – March 2, 2011 – With regular season play finished up in the Eastern Conference and only a handful of games left in the Western Conference, the line-up for the National Ringette League (NRL) Championship tournament is coming into focus. The tournament, which will take place in Cambridge, ON from March 27 to April 2, 2011, will see ten teams compete for the championship title. Defending NRL champions, Edmonton WAM! along with Calgary RATH and Prairie Fire will compete from the West, with Prairie Fire taking the first place spot and the second and third spot being decided after this weekend’s final regular season games. In the East, the Cambridge Turbos and Montreal Mission receive a bye to the finals and four other Eastern teams will join them following this weekend’s Eastern Conference playoffs. A team from Atlantic Canada will round out the competition.
Today the league announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, as well as its stars for the month of February. In the Eastern Conference, the top star goes to Katie Lugg from the Ottawa Ice. Lugg scored seven goals and 17 assists during the Ice’s eight games in February. Colleen Hagan from the Gloucester Devils picks up the second star after scoring seven goals and ten assists in the Devils last eight games. The last star goes to Brianna Thompson from Waterloo Wildfire who scored 12 goals and six assists in her seven games this past month.
In the Western Conference, the league’s first star goes to Mandy Nordstrom with the Manitoba Jets. Nordstrom scored seven goals and two assists in her last seven games, including two three-goal games. The second star goes to Ainsley Ferguson with Prairie Fire who scored two goals and 14 assists in her last four games. The last star goes to Lisa Timmerman with the Manitoba Jets, who scored three goals and four assists in seven games.
Today the league also announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, with minimal movement since last month’s rankings. The top four teams remained the same – Cambridge Turbos (1), Prairie Fire (2), Montreal Mission (3) and Ottawa Ice (4), with Calgary RATH (5) and Richmond Hill Lightning (6) flipping positions and RATH moving up one spot and the Lightning moving down one. Waterloo Wildfire (7) break into the rankings this month in seventh and Edmonton WAM! (8) maintain their last place position. The Quebec City Cyclones, who were ranked seventh last month, have fallen out of the rankings.
National Ringette League Elite Eight as of March 2, 2011:
Rank – (Ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (1) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
2 – (2) – Prairie Fire – Western
3 – (3) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
4 – (4) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
5 – (6) – Calgary RATH – Western
6 – (5) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
7 – (–) – Waterloo Wildfire – Eastern
8 – (8) – Edmonton WAM! – Western