National Ringette League teams begin competition at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Saskatoon

Saskatoon, SK – April 6, 2010 – Competition in the National Ringette League (NRL) division started today as the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships continued in Saskatoon. Competition included round-robin play in the U16, U19 and NRL (18 and over) divisions.

The top teams in both the Eastern and Western Conference in the National Ringette League came out strong and went undefeated on the opening day of play in the NRL division. Defending NRL champion Cambridge Turbos downed the Atlantic Sixers 9-2 and beat Waterloo Wildfire 6-1, while Edmonton WAM! picked up a 4-3 win over Saskatoon Wild and beat the Gloucester Devils 7-3. Calgary RATH and Prairie Fire also went undefeated in the NRL division, with Calgary beating Waterloo 7-3 and downing Ottawa Ice 5-1. Prairie Fire posted 5-4 wins over both Saskatoon Wild and Montreal Mission. Montreal’s Catherine Cartier is the leading scorer after the first day of play with six goals and three assists.

Alberta and Ontario broke ahead of the pack in the U16 division with both teams remaining undefeated on the second day of play. Alberta shutout Manitoba 4-0 and downed the Host team 8-1. St. Albert’s Molly Chorney had a hand in all four goals against Manitoba, picking up a pair of goals and two assists. She then went on to claim another two goals and a pair of assists in the win over the Host team. Ontario beat Quebec 6-3 and head into day three of competition with a 3-0 record.

In the U19 division, Alberta and Ontario continued their winning streak and both come out of day two of competition with a 3-0 record. Alberta downed Manitoba 7-3 and came away with a 9-7 win over Saskatchewan. Calgary’s Shaundra Bruvall posted a pair of goals and an assist in the game against Manitoba and another two goals in the game against Saskatchewan. Ontario claimed a 6-4 win over Quebec with Nepean’s Kelsey Youldon picking up a hat trick and an assist.

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 Wednesday, April 7th at 8:00 a.m. (CDT).

Results for Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Saskatoon, SK:

U16 DIVISION
Alberta 4 Manitoba 0
BC 10 Saskatchewan 3
New Brunswick 3 Host 2
Ontario 6 Quebec 3
BC 9 Nova Scotia 3
Manitoba 8 Saskatchewan 5
Alberta 8 Host 1
Quebec 4 New Brunswick 0

U19 DIVISION
BC 5 Host 3
Saskatchewan 6 New Brunswick 4
Alberta 7 Manitoba 3
Ontario 6 Quebec 4
BC 5 Nova Scotia 4
Alberta 9 Saskatchewan 5
Manitoba 8 Host 5
Quebec 10 New Brunswick 7

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

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For more information or if you would like to receive scores and statistics during the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships, please contact:

Alayne Martell
Ringette Canada/National Ringette League
Onsite at the 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships
Cell: 902-308-1067
alayne@ringette.ca
www.ringette.ca
www.nationalringetteleague.ca

Ce communiqué de presse sera également disponible en français demain matin sur le site web de Ringuette Canada.