National Ringette League announces Elite Eight rankings, November Stars

Ottawa, Ontario – December 7, 2011 – With a third of the 2011-2012 season complete in the National Ringette League (NRL), teams continue to battle it out for 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 November stars.

In the Eastern Conference, the league’s top star for October goes to Atlantic Attack’s Jasmine LeBlanc (Dieppe, NB). LeBlanc boasts a 0.884 save percentage so far this season and posted four wins and five losses since the beginning of November. The second star goes to Kate Lugg (Ottawa) from the Ottawa Ice who scored 13 goals and 13 assists during the Ice’s last six games. The last star in the East goes to Chantal St-Laurent (Quebec) from the Quebec City Cyclones who scored 20 goals and five assists in the Cyclones last ten games.

In the Western Conference, the first star goes to Finnish import Salla Kyhala from the Lower Mainland Ringette League Thunder who contributed an impressive 20 goals and ten assists in the Thunder’s last six games. The second star goes to Sheena MacDonald (Stonewall) from Prairie Fire who posted six goals and six assists in the last four games and also picked up the third star nod last month. The last star in the West goes to Sarah Lesperance (Winnipeg) from the Manitoba Jets after posting three goals and four assists in the Jets last seven games.

Today the league also announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, which sees a big jump for the first place team, minimal movement throughout the rest of the rankings, and one newcomer in 7th place since last month’s rankings. Montreal Mission (1) rocket to first place from 7th place last month after posting nine wins and only one loss since the beginning of November. Prairie Fire (2) fall from the top spot last month and land in second after winning three of their last four games. Cambridge Turbos (3) maintain their third place ranking losing only one game in their last seven games played. Richmond Hill Lightning (4) also maintain their last month’s ranking after winning five of their last six games, including a big 6-2 win over the Turbos this past weekend. Ottawa Ice (5) move up one spot to fifth after winning five of their last six games and giving up their only loss in a shootout to Bourassa. Calgary RATH (6) dropped two spots from fourth, picking up a total of two wins in the last three games. LMRL Thunder (7) break into the rankings in seventh after winning four of their last six games. Edmonton WAM! (8) round out this month’s rankings, dropping from fifth place last month after splitting their last six games. Atlantic Attack, who were in eighth place in the pre-season rankings have dropped from the rankings this month after losing seven of their last 13 games.

National Ringette League Elite Eight as of December 7, 2011:
Rank – (Pre-season ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (7) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
2 – (1) – Prairie Fire – Western
3 – (3) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
4 – (4) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
5 – (6) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
6 – (4) – Calgary RATH – Western
7 – (–) – LMRL Thunder – Western
8 – (5) – Edmonton WAM! – Western