National Ringette League teams advance to championship round, round-robin continues in U16 and U19 divisions at Canadian ringette championships

Cambridge, ON – March 30, 2011 – Teams in the National Ringette League (NRL – 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 the NRL division, Prairie Fire downed Richmond Hill 8-3 and beat Montreal Mission 6-5 to remain undefeated in the round robin and advance to the championship round, which starts tomorrow morning. Calgary RATH also completed round robin play undefeated, downing Ottawa Ice 6-3 and upsetting the hometown favourites Cambridge Turbos 3-2. Prairie Fire and Calgary RATH will be joined in the championship round by the Turbos, defending NRL champions Edmonton WAM!, Ottawa Ice and Richmond Hill Lightning. Montreal Mission, Cyclones de Quebec, Gloucester Devils and Atlantic Attack will meet in the consolation round, which also begins tomorrow. The Turbos’ Sharolyn Wouters, from Brooklin, leads the scoring in the NRL division with 16 points (five goals and 11 assists).

After day three of competition in the U16 division, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick emerged as leaders, with all three teams now tied at eight points. With a score of 6-5, Ontario dealt previously undefeated New Brunswick their first loss of the week. New Brunswick was also shut out 3-0 by Alberta. Ontario also downed Manitoba 5-1. Quebec beat the host Cambridge Turbos 5-3. Whitby’s Bailey McLeish on Team Ontario leads the scoring in the U16 division with seven goals and eight assists for a total of 15 points.

The previously undefeated host Cambridge Turbos suffered a tough day in the U19 division, being downed 8-4 by Alberta and suffering a 6-5 overtime loss to Saskatchewan. British Columbia, who were also undefeated, dropped two today losing 3-1 to Alberta and being shut out 3-0 by Quebec. Quebec also downed Manitoba 8-4 to remain the only team undefeated in the division. Ontario’s Josie Scott from Mitchell and Quebec’s Genevieve Pepper from Laval lead the scoring in the U19 division with 11 points each. Scott has seven goals and four assists, while Pepper has picked up four goals and seven assists.

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 Thursday, March 31st at 8:00 a.m. (EDT).

Results for Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the 2011 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Cambridge, ON:

U16 DIVISION
Alberta 10 Nova Scotia 3
Ontario 6 New Brunswick 5
Manitoba 4 Host 3
Nova Scotia 6 Saskatchewan 4
Alberta 3 New Brunswick 0
Quebec 5 Host 3
Ontario 5 Manitoba 1
British Columbia 9 Saskatchewan 8

U19 DIVISION
Alberta 8 Host 4
Ontario 5 Saskatchewan 1
Quebec 3 British Columbia 0
Alberta 3 British Columbia 1
Saskatchewan 6 Host 5 OT
Ontario 7 New Brunswick 0
Quebec 8 Manitoba 4

NRL DIVISION
Richmond Hill Lightning 4 Gloucester Devils 3 OT
Calgary RATH 6 Ottawa Ice 3
Cyclones de Quebec 4 Atlantic Attack 3
Edmonton WAM! 7 Montreal Mission 5
Cambridge Turbos 8 Cyclones de Quebec 2
Prairie Fire 8 Richmond Hill Lightning 3
Edmonton WAM! 7 Gloucester Devils 6 OT
Ottawa Ice 3 Atlantic Attack 1
Prairie Fire 6 Montreal Mission 5
Calgary RATH 3 Cambridge Turbos 2