National Ringette League play begins at Canadian ringette championships

Cambridge, ON – March 29, 2011 – Competition in the National Ringette League (NRL) division started today as the 2011 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships continued in Cambridge. Competition included round-robin play in the U16, U19 and NRL (18 and over) divisions.

The top two teams in the Western Conference of the NRL posted a strong showing on day one with Prairie Fire dishing a 5-3 loss to the Gloucester Devils and a 4-3 loss to Edmonton WAM! (third place in the west). Calgary RATH shut out the Atlantic Attack 8-0 and downed the Cyclones de Quebec 6-2. The hometown favourites and first place Eastern Conference Cambridge Turbos also went undefeated shutting out Atlantic Attack 9-0 and downing Ottawa Ice 4-3. In the game over Ottawa Ice, Cambridge’s Jackie Gaudet broke the 3-3 tie and dumped in the game winning goal in with 24 seconds left on the clock. Richmond Hill Lightning posted an impressive 8-7 overtime win against Montreal Mission, but were later downed 10-4 by Edmonton WAM!

New Brunswick picked up a 4-3 win over Nova Scotia and downed the previously undefeated Cambridge Turbos 4-3 to pull ahead of the pack in the U16 division. The east coast underdogs are now 4-0 and are the only team undefeated in that division. Dieppe’s Kamylle Frenette picked up two goals and an assist in the game over Nova Scotia and Dominik LeBlanc, also from Dieppe, posted a hat trick in the game against the host Turbos. In other U16 play, Nova Scotia pulled off a major win over Ontario, downing the perennial favourites 7-6. Herring Cove’s Emily Falconer posted two goals and three assists, while Tantallon’s Brittany Melanson posted two goals and two assists, including the game winning goal, with just under three minutes left.

The host Cambridge Turbos remained undefeated after day two of play in the U19 division, downing Manitoba 4-2 and New Brunswick 8-1. Quebec and British Columbia also remain undefeated with Quebec downing previously undefeated Alberta 4-2 and British Columbia delivering a 4-1 loss to Saskatchewan. Calgary’s Lindsey Geddes leads the scoring in the U19 division after two days with two goals and six assists for a total of eight points so far, including a goal and three assists in today’s 6-1 win over New Brunswick.

Twenty-seven teams are participating in the event. The U16 and U19 divisions will see competition among provincial champions, while the NRL division represents the NRL championship tournament and will see the top three Western Conference teams compete against the top six Eastern Conference teams, along with the Atlantic Attack (from New Brunswick) as the Atlantic entry. Bronze medal games are Friday night (April 1st) and finals in all three divisions take place on Saturday, April 2nd (10 am U16, 12:30 pm NRL and 3 pm U19). All-stars and the NRL Annual Awards will be announced at the closing award ceremony on Saturday night.

Rosters, schedules, standings and stats can be found at the following links:
U16: http://www.leaguestat.com/ringettecanada/crc_u16/en/stats/schedule.php
U19: http://www.leaguestat.com/ringettecanada/crc_u19/en/stats/schedule.php
NRL: http://www.nationalringetteleague.ca/stats/schedule.php?view=day&language=en

More information on the event can be found on the Ringette Canada website at: http://www.ringette.ca/content/Major%20Events/CRC/2011/Main.asp?langid=1
and the Host website here: www.crc2011.ca.

Competition continues Wednesday, March 30th at 8:00 a.m. (EDT).

Results for Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the 2011 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Cambridge, ON:

U16 DIVISION
New Brunswick 4 Nova Scotia 3
Alberta 6 Manitoba 2
Quebec 7 Saskatchewan 3
Manitoba 9 Saskatchewan 2
Nova Scotia 7 Ontario 6
Host 7 British Columbia 4
New Brunswick 4 Host 3

U19 DIVISION
Alberta 6 New Brunswick 1
Host 4 Manitoba 2
Ontario 7 Manitoba 3
Quebec 4 Alberta 2
Host 8 New Brunswick 1
British Columbia 4 Saskatchewan 1

NRL DIVISION
Calgary RATH 6 Cyclones de Quebec 2
Richmond Hill Lightning 8 Montreal Mission 7 (OT)
Prairie Fire 5 Gloucester Devils 3
Cambridge Turbos 9 Atlantic Attack 0
Prairie Fire 4 Edmonton WAM! 3
Ottawa Ice 4 Cyclones de Quebec 0
Calgary RATH 8 Atlantic Attack 0
Montreal Mission 10 Gloucester Devils 5
Cambridge Turbos 4 Ottawa Ice 3
Edmonton WAM! 10 Richmond Hill Lightning 4

About Ringette
Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently over 27,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.

About the National Ringette League
The National Ringette League (NRL) is the showcase league for ringette in Canada and strives to be the premiere women’s sports league in the country. The league has 17 teams participating in two conferences – a Western Conference with five teams and an Eastern Conference with 12 teams. The objectives of the NRL are to move ringette into the mainstream of Canadian sports activity, encourage greater public awareness of ringette, create more and better competitive opportunities for athletes, and achieve positive financial results at both a league and team level. For more information on the NRL, including schedules, team rosters and athlete profiles, please visit our website at www.nationalringetteleague.ca.