Ottawa, Ontario – November 2, 2011 – The 2011-2012 season of the National Ringette League (NRL) is well underway and today the league announces its Elite Eight rankings as well as its October stars. Teams in both the east and the west have started their season strong and are all focused on claiming a spot at the NRL Championship tournament, which will be held in Burnaby, BC from April 8-14, 2012. Edmonton WAM! currently hold the NRL Championship title after downing the Cambridge Turbos 4-2 at the 2011 NRL Championship tournament held in April in Cambridge, ON.
In the Western Conference, the league’s first star goes to Calgary RATH goalie Bobbi Mattson (Calgary) who maintained a 0.894 save percentage over five games. The second star also goes to a goalie, with Manitoba Jets Amy Clarkson (St. Andrews) picking up the nod. Clarkson played seven games and posted a 0.874 save percentage. The last star in the west goes to Sheena MacDonald (Stonewall) from Prairie Fire. MacDonald played seven games and posted three goals and ten assists.
In the Eastern Conference, the league’s top star for October is Richmond Hill Lightning’s Beth Hurren (Bowmanville). Hurren captured seven goals and four assists in five games, including a hat trick and two assists in a 7-3 win over Whitby on October 30th. The second star goes to Emily Bakker (Mitchell) from the Cambridge Turbos who posted four goals and four assists in three games. The last star in the East goes to Joey Krygier (Montreal) from Lac St. Louis Adrenaline. In five games, Krygier posted six goals and four assists, including a hat trick and an assist in an 8-3 win over Gatineau Fusion on October 22nd.
Today the league also announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, which sees a bit of shuffle in the top five spots, as well as one newcomer in 8th place since the pre-season rankings last month. Prairie Fire (1) move up from third place last month after posting five wins and two losses. Richmond Hill Lightning (2) also move up the rankings from fourth, winning four games and facing one shootout loss. Cambridge Turbos (3) fall one spot to third, winning one game and facing two shootout losses. Calgary RATH (4) move up one spot from fifth, winning four games and losing two (one in a shootout). Edmonton WAM! (5) take a big drop from first place last month after winning two games and losing four (one in a shootout). Ottawa Ice (6) maintain their ranking this month, winning four games and losing one. Montreal Mission (7) also hold onto their spot in the rankings after going undefeated in their four games this past month. One of the league’s newest teams Atlantic Attack (8) breaks into the rankings in last spot after going undefeated in their first three games of the season. Rive Sud Revolution, who were in eighth place in the pre-season rankings have dropped from the rankings this month.
National Ringette League Elite Eight as of November 2, 2011:
Rank – (Pre-season ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (3) – Prairie Fire – Western
2 – (4) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
3 – (2) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
4 – (5) – Calgary RATH – Western
5 – (1) – Edmonton WAM! – Western
6 – (6) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
7 – (7) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
8 – (–) – Atlantic Attack – Eastern