National Ringette League teams begin competition in Charlottetown

Charlottetown, PEI – April 7, 2009 – National Ringette League (NRL) teams hit the ice in Charlottetown as the 2009 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships continued today in PEI. Competition included round-robin play in the junior (ages 14-15), belle (ages 16-18) and NRL (ages 19 and over) division. 

The NRL teams came out strong and fans were shown the highest level of play in the country today. League powerhouses Montreal Mission, Cambridge Turbos, Edmonton WAM! and Calgary RATH all went undefeated on opening day. The most exciting game was certainly the match-up between Calgary and Ottawa in the last game of the day, when the teams went into overtime tied at four. Hussar’s Kailee Dundas claimed the overtime winner, assisted by Calgary’s Sarah Beaton. Calgary’s other win of the day was a tight one when they met up with Waterloo Wildfire and came away with a 6-5 win.

 Ontario and Alberta remained strong on the second day of play in the junior division. Ontario downed BC 10-4 and squeaked a 3-1 win over Quebec. Ottawa’s Kali MacAdam picked up four goals and two assists for the day, while Mitchell’s Josie Scott added another four goals to her 15-point tournament total so far. Alberta faced a tight game against Manitoba early in the day, but came away with a 6-5 win. They then breezed by New Brunswick later in the day with a score of 8-1. Onoway’s Danielle Pronovost picked up two goals in the game against Manitoba and two goals and a pair of assists in the game against New Brunswick.
 
Ontario faced some tight games in the belle division today. They came away with a 4-3 win over BC, but were dealt a 6-5 overtime loss by Quebec. Sainte-Julie’s Sophie Vaillancourt popped in the overtime winner for Quebec. Alberta picked up two wins today, downing New Brunswick 7-2 and Manitoba 9-6. Calgary’s Deja Leonard claimed four goals and an assist for the day. Quebec and Alberta are the only teams who remain undefeated in the belle division.
 
Twenty-seven teams are participating in the event. The junior and belle divisions showcase competition among provincial champions, while the NRL division represents the NRL championship tournament and has the top three Western Conference teams competing against the top six Eastern Conference teams (as well as an Atlantic entry called Atlantic Attack). Bronze games are Friday night (April 10) and finals in all three divisions take place on Saturday, April 11 (10 am junior, noon belle and 2 pm NRL). All-stars will be announced at the closing award ceremony on Saturday night.
 
Rosters, schedules, standings and stats can be found at the following links:
 
For more information on the 2009 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships, please visit
 
Competition continues Wednesday, April 8th at 8:00 a.m. (ADT).
 
Results for Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at the 2009 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Charlottetown, PEI:
 
JUNIOR DIVISION (Age 14-15)
Saskatchewan 8 PEI 5
Alberta 6 Manitoba 5
Nova Scotia 6 New Brunswick 5
Ontario 10 BC 4
Alberta 8 New Brunswick 1
Manitoba 11 PEI 4
Ontario 3 Quebec 1
BC 8 Saskatchewan 4
 
BELLE DIVISION (Ages 16-18)
Ontario 4 BC 3
Manitoba 6 Nova Scotia 2
Alberta 7 New Brunswick 2
Québec 6 Ontario 5 OT
Saskatchewan 4 BC 3
Alberta 9 Manitoba 6
 
NRL DIVISION (Ages 19 and over)
Edmonton WAM! 5 Cyclones de Quebec 1
Cambridge Turbos 14 Atlantic Attack 1
Montréal Mission 8 Rive Sud Revolution 4
Calgary RATH 6 Waterloo Wildfire 5
Prairie Fire 5 Cyclones de Québec 4
Ottawa Ice 6 Atlantic Attack 2
Edmonton WAM! 5 Rive Sud Revolution 3
Cambridge Turbos 9 Waterloo Wildfire 4
Montréal Mission 8 Prairie Fire 5
Calgary RATH 5 Ottawa Ice 4 OT