National Ringette League teams advance to championship round, race remains tight in the U16 and U19 divisions at 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships

Saskatoon, SK – April 7, 2010 – Fans were treated to some intense competition at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Saskatoon today. Teams in the National Ringette League (18 and over) division completed round-robin play and now move onto the championship round, while the U16 and U19 divisions continue to battle it out with round-robin play ending Friday morning in those divisions.

In an unexpected upset, Saskatoon Wild downed Montreal Mission 5-3. Saskatoon’s Erin Cumpstone picked up a goal and three assists while teammate Salla Kyhala posted a pair of goals and an assist. The Wild then went on to defeat the Gloucester Devils 6-3 moving the host team into the championship round. Also moving into the championship round are Edmonton WAM!, Cambridge Turbos, Prairie Fire, Calgary RATH and Ottawa Ice. Edmonton WAM! remained undefeated after pulling out a 4-3 overtime win against Prairie Fire and later downing Montreal Mission 7-3. Cambridge Turbos also went undefeated, downing Ottawa Ice 5-4 and taking a 4-3 winner in overtime against Calgary RATH. Prairie Fire shutout the Gloucester Devils 9-0, Calgary RATH beat the Atlantic Sixers 11-1 and Ottawa Ice beat Waterloo Wildfire 6-2. In an unprecedented upset, the Atlantic Sixers downed Waterloo Wildfire 6-3.

Alberta and Ontario remain strong in the U16 division with both teams continuing their winning streak today. Alberta shutout Saskatchewan 7-0 and downed New Brunswick 6-1, while Ontario beat Manitoba 5-3 and downing BC 4-3 in overtime. The two powerhouses will meet tomorrow night at 5:20 pm CDT. Nova Scotia had a strong showing today, beating the Host team 8-6 and downing Manitoba 6-5.

In the U19 division, Alberta and Ontario, who were previously undefeated, both faced their first losses of the event with Ontario being downed 5-4 by Manitoba and Alberta losing 4-2 to New Brunswick. Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan all go into the fourth day of play with eight points, which will undoubtedly result in some exciting games tomorrow.

Twenty-eight 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 five Eastern Conference teams, along with Saskatoon Wild as the host entry and the Atlantic Sixers as the Atlantic entry. Bronze medal games are Friday night (April 9th) and finals in all three divisions take place on Saturday, April 10th (10 am U16, 12:30 pm NRL and 2:30 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.leaguestat.com/ringettecanada/crc_open/en/stats/schedule.php

More information on the event can be found on the Ringette Canada website at: http://www.ringette.ca/Content/Major%20Events/CRC/2010/MainCRC.asp?langid=1 and the Host website here: www.crc2010.ca.

Competition continues Thursday, April 8th at 9:20 a.m. (CDT).

Results for Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Saskatoon, SK:

U16 DIVISION
Alberta 7 Saskatchewan 0
Nova Scotia 8 Host 6
Quebec 7 BC 6 (OT)
Ontario 5 Manitoba 3
Alberta 6 New Brunswick 1
Nova Scotia 6 Manitoba 5
Ontario 4 BC 3 (OT)
Saskatchewan 10 Host 3

U19 DIVISION
Quebec 5 BC 4
Manitoba 5 Ontario 4
Saskatchewan 5 Nova Scotia 2
Alberta 4 Host 0
Ontario 5 BC 4 (OT)
Manitoba 12 Nova Scotia 7
Saskatchewan 7 Host 3
New Brunswick 4 Alberta 2

NRL DIVISION
Edmonton WAM! 4 Prairie Fire 3 (OT)
Cambridge Turbos 5 Ottawa Ice 4
Saskatoon Wild 5 Montreal Mission 3
Calgary RATH 11 Atlantic Sixers 1
Ottawa Ice 6 Waterloo Wildfire 2
Priarie Fire 9 Gloucester Devils 0
Edmonton WAM! 7 Montreal Mission 3
Cambridge Turbos 4 Calgary RATH 3 (OT)
Atlantic Sixers 6 Waterloo Wildfire 3
Saskatoon Wild 6 Gloucester Devils 3