Cambridge Turbos (2-0) vs Montreal Mission (1-1)
April 9, 2009 – An old rivalry will be rekindled in the championship round at the NRL Championship today. Cambridge Turbos will try to remain undefeated when they face the Montreal Mission in Charlottetown at 6:00 pm (ADT). The Turbos bring a 2-0 record into the championship round after going undefeated in the preliminaries. The Mission come through to the championship round with one loss and already two points behind their Ontario rivals, making this game the best chance for Montreal to catch up to the Turbos and gain the all-important bye into the championship final. Teams in the championship round bring forward the points gained against other championship round teams in the preliminaries.
Over the course of the season, the Turbos and Mission played to a dead heat, with both going 1-1 in the playoffs and 1-1 in the regular season match-ups. To tip the scales slightly, the Turbos came out on top of the game at the World Club Championship in November. Of course, none of these scores are nearly as important as the result of their previous NRL Championship contest, where Cambridge won out 2-1 in the final to capture the NRL title. In that game, the Mission were outshot 50-22 but led 1-0 until the 18:18 mark of the second period before giving up two quick goals, and ultimately the championship. The Mission will certainly be looking to both exact some revenge and to make up some ground in the 2009 event over the course of this game.
The goalkeepers in this game will be tested repeatedly. Four of the top five scorers in the championship will be playing in this game, with Jennifer Wakefield and Sharolyn Wouters (Cambridge) and Julie Blanchette and Catherine Cartier (Montreal) will be peppering shots. The 2-1 score from the championship game last year tells us that Meghan Pittaway (Cambridge) and Claudia Jette (Montreal) are certainly up to the big task in front of them this evening.
NRL Championship Notes: After the preliminary round, the Western Conference is boasting an impressive 7-2 record in games against the Eastern Conference, all three Western Conference teams have made it on to the championship round…The Ottawa Ice have made it on to the championship round thanks in no small part to the goalkeeping of Tori Goble. Goble posted a shutout in their crucial game against Waterloo and currently as a save percentage of 0.955, and no other goalkeeper is above the 0.900 mark…The Ice move into the next round with a 0-2 record, but they are far from out, a 2-3 final record could be enough to get into a mini game situation…Kailee Dundas has been the go-to scorer for the RATH when it counts, she has scored the game winning goal in all three RATH wins…The shooters are continuing to run the show here in Charlottetown with an average of 9.1 goals per game through the end of the preliminary round.