National Ringette League announces Elite Eight rankings, November Stars

Ottawa, Ontario – December 2, 2009 – With seven weeks of intense competition under their belt, teams in the National Ringette League (NRL) are continuing their quest for a spot at the NRL Championship tournament being held in Saskatoon, SK from April 5-10, 2010. Today the league announces its monthly rankings as well as its stars for the month of November. 

This month’s elite eight rankings see the Cambridge Turbos (1) remain as the top team in the league. The Turbos went undefeated in their seven games since the last rankings; including a 6-4 victory over their Eastern rivals Montreal Mission. Edmonton WAM! (2) move up from sixth to second after posting six wins in the last month, including a shootout win over Prairie Fire. Ottawa Ice (3) picked up five wins in the past month to remain undefeated, while Montreal Mission (4) posted six wins and the loss to Cambridge. Previously unranked Gloucester Devils (5) move into fifth place after winning three of their five games this past month, including a shootout win over Rive Sud Revolution. Calgary RATH (6) drop to six from third spot, after losing two of their six games since the last rankings. Waterloo Wildfire (7) fall from fifth to seven this month after playing seven games and winning three. Fraser Valley Avalanche (8) hold tight in eighth spot after splitting six games this past month, including an impressive 4-3 win over Calgary. Prairie Fire, who were in seventh place last month, have fallen out of the rankings. 

The top two stars in the Western Conference come from the Fraser Valley Avalanche with the first star nod going to Jennifer Wakefield and the second star going to Avalanche goalie Shannon Anderson. Wakefield posted 13 goals and four assists during the Avalanche’s six games in November, while Anderson came away with a 0.884 save percentage. The last star in the west goes to Victoria Russell with Calgary RATH. Russell picked up seven goals and five assists during the RATH’s last six games. 

In the Eastern Conference, last month’s third star, Jacqueline Gaudet of the Cambridge Turbos, is this month’s first star. Gaudet accumulated seventeen points in Cambridge’s last five games and was named a game star in every game. Chantal St-Laurent from Cyclones de Quebec picks up the second star nod in the east after contributing 12 goals and seven assists in six games. Montreal Mission’s Julie Blanchette is this month’s third star in after posting 13 goals and ten assists in the Mission’s last seven games.

National Ringette League Elite Eight as of December 2, 2009:

Rank – (Ranking last month) – Team name – Conference

1 – (1) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern

2 – (6) – Edmonton WAM! – Western

3 – (2) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern

4 – (4) – Montreal Mission – Eastern

5 – (–) – Gloucester Devils – Eastern

6 – (3) – Calgary RATH – Western

7 – (5) – Waterloo Wildfire – Eastern

8 – (8) – Fraser Valley Avalanche – Western