Ottawa, Ontario – February 8, 2012 – With only five weeks left in regular season play, three Western Conference teams in the National Ringette League (NRL) have secured their spot at the NRL Championship tournament that will take place in Burnaby, BC from April 8-14, 2012. Prairie Fire, Lower Mainland Ringette League (LMRL) Thunder and Calgary RATH will be joined by a fourth team that will be decided as regular season play finishes up. In the East, Montreal Mission, Cambridge Turbos, Ottawa Ice, Richmond Hill Lightning and Atlantic Attack have secured their spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs, with the last three playoff spots are still up for grabs. A total of eight teams will participate in the NRL Championship tournament.
Today the league announces its Elite Eight rankings as well as its January stars. In the Eastern Conference, the league’s top star goes to Jacqueline Gaudet (Cambridge) from the Cambridge Turbos. Gaudet, who has been on a scoring streak since December 10th, posted an impressive 17 goals and 15 assists in her last seven games, giving her an average of almost five points per game. The second star goes to veteran defender Colleen Hagan (Manotick) with the Gloucester Devils, while the third star is picked up by goalie Julie Fleury-Roy (Quebec) with the Cyclones de Quebec.
In the Western Conference, the first star goes to Dailyn Bell (Lacombe) with the Edmonton WAM! after picking up three goals and four assists in the WAM!’s last seven games. The second star goes to Sarah Lesperance (Winnipeg) with the Manitoba Jets, while Salla Kyhala with the LMRL Thunder picks up the third star.
Today the league also announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, which sees shuffling right across the board. Cambridge Turbos (1) previously in 4th place jump to the top of the rankings this month after going undefeated in their last seven games. Prairie Fire (2) also went undefeated, picking up four wins and moving up one spot from third last month. Montreal Mission (3) who were in first last month drop two spots despite winning all six of their games this past month. Ottawa Ice (4) drop two spots from second last month after winning four games and dropping two, one to Cambridge and one to Waterloo Wildfire. LMRL Thunder (5) jump two spots to fifth this month after winning their last six games, while Richmond Hill Lightning (6) move down one spot to sixth place after posting a 3-2 record in the month. Calgary RATH (7) won six games and dropped one in the past month and land one spot below their sixth place ranking last month. Previously unranked Atlantic Attack (8) bump Edmonton WAM! out of the 8th place spot, after posting four wins and two losses.
National Ringette League Elite Eight as of February 8, 2012:
Rank – (Pre-season ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (4) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
2 – (3) – Prairie Fire – Western
3 – (1) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
4 – (2) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
5 – (7) – LMRL Thunder – Western
6 – (5) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
7 – (6) – Calgary RATH – Western
8 – (–) – Atlantic Attack – Eastern