National Ringette League teams move to championship round, round robin play heats up in junior and belle divisions

Charlottetown, PEI – April 8, 2009 – It was evident that teams were jockeying for position during today’s games at the 2009 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships taking place in Charlottetown, PEI. Competition included round-robin play in the junior (ages 14-15), belle (ages 16-18) and NRL (ages 19 and over) divisions.

Ontario remained the only team undefeated in the junior division after posting an 8-1 win over New Brunswick and delivering a 7-6 loss to Alberta, who is the other top favorite in the division. The most impressive game of the day had to be Nova Scotia coming back from a 7-0 deficit at the half to win 10-8 over Saskatchewan. Brittany Avery from Hammonds Plains posted a hat trick for Nova Scotia, while Regina’s Stephanie Zimmer claimed an impressive four goals and three assists in the game. Nova Scotia also downed PEI 5-2 in the last game of the day, with Brittany Avery claiming two assists in that game.

Quebec and Alberta remain atop the belle division, with Quebec posting a 7-3 win over BC and a 6-4 win over New Brunswick. Calgary’s Ainsley Bosch recorded a 4-0 shutout to give Alberta the win over Saskatchewan. BC squeezed a 6-5 overtime win out of Nova Scotia, with Surrey’s Bailey Hathaway picking up two goals, including the overtime winner.
 
The National Ringette League division showcased some spectacular ringette, with teams jockeying for the top three spots in each pool in order to move onto the championship round, which starts tomorrow. After today’s games, Cambridge Turbos, Calgary RATH, Edmonton WAM!, Montreal Mission, Ottawa Ice and Prairie Fire will all move to the championship round. Highlights from today include Ottawa Ice shutting out Waterloo Wildfire 2-0, with Ottawa’s Jenna McBride scoring both goals. Rive Sud Revolution downed Cyclones de Quebec 5-2 early in the day, but were dealt a 6-5 blow by Prairie Fire, which paved the Fire’s path to the championship round and sent Rive Sud to the consolation round. Prairie Fire continued their winning streak later in the day when they downed Edmonton WAM! 5-3 in what many saw as an unexpected upset. Rive Sud will meet Waterloo, Quebec and Atlantic Attack in the consolation round.
 
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 Thursday, April 9th at 8:30 a.m. (ADT).
 
Results for Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at the 2009 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Charlottetown, PEI:
 
JUNIOR DIVISION (Age 14-15)
Nova Scotia 10 Saskatchewan 8
Ontario 7 Alberta 6
BC 11 Manitoba 4
Quebec 9 PEI 2
Alberta 11 Saskatchewan 5
Ontario 8 New Brunswick 1
Quebec 9 BC 5
Nova Scotia 5 PEI 2
 
BELLE DIVISION (Ages 16-18)
Quebec 7 BC 3
Ontario 7 Manitoba 0
Alberta 4 Saskatchewan 0
BC 6 Nova Scotia 5 (OT)
Quebec 6 New Brunswick 4
Manitoba 8 Saskatchewan 2
 
NRL DIVISION (Ages 19 and over)
Rive Sud Revolution 5 Cyclones de Quebec 2
Waterloo Wildfire 4 Atlantic Attack 2
Cambridge Turbos 6 Calgary RATH 4
Edmonton WAM! 6 Montreal Mission 4
Prairie Fire 6 Rive Sud Revolution 4
Ottawa Ice 2 Waterloo Wildfire 0
Calgary RATH 6 Atlantic Attack 2
Montreal Mission 5 Cyclones de Quebec 3
Prairie Fire 5 Edmonton WAM! 3
Cambridge Turbos 7 Ottawa Ice 2