Ottawa Ice, Team Ontario and Team Manitoba take home national gold

Regina, Saskatchewan – April 12, 2014 – It was a battle of Ontario in the National Ringette League (NRL) final today, with Ottawa Ice picking up their first-ever NRL gold medal after defeating the Cambridge Turbos 7-4. Nepean’s Jayme Simzer picked up a hat trick in the game, including the game winner.

"We knew it would be tough, but we had a game plan and we knew that if all 16 players contributed that we could get the job done," said Simzer. "We played a much more defensive controlled game to shut down their strong attack."

In the U16 final, Ontario and Central Alberta Sting matched up after both teams went undefeated throughout the event. Ontario came out on top, posting a 6-5 win over the Sting. Guelph’s Nicole Shaw led the scoring for Ontario, with four goals and an assist.

"We went into the game knowing we would give it our all and leave it all on the ice," said Shaw. "We were both undefeated going into this and we went into the game playing like we were the underdogs and gave it our all."

In other U16 play, Alberta beat the Eastman Flames 11-10 in overtime to pick up the bronze medal.

In an exciting overtime U19 final, Manitoba downed Edmonton Elite 5-4 to claim gold. Winnipeg’s Shannon Sarahs had two goals and an assist, including the overtime winner. The bronze medal game also went to overtime, with Alberta beating Richmond Hill (ON) 7-6. Calgary’s Justine Exner scored four goals, including the overtime winner for Alberta.

A total of 42 teams from across the country competed in three divisions – U16, U19 and the National Ringette League (NRL – 19+). All-stars and the NRL Annual Awards will be announced at the closing award ceremony tonight.

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

Results for Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the 2014 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Regina, Saskatchewan:

U16 DIVISION
Ontario 6 Central Alberta Sting 5
Alberta 11 Eastman Flames (MB) 10 (OT)
Gold: Ontario
Silver: Central Alberta Sting
Bronze: Alberta

U19 DIVISION
Manitoba 5 Edmonton Elite 4 (OT)
Alberta 7 Richmond Hill (ON) 6 (OT)
Gold: Manitoba
Silver: Edmonton Elite
Bronze: Alberta

NRL DIVISION
Ottawa Ice 7 Cambridge Turbos 4
Gold: Ottawa Ice
Silver: Cambridge Turbos
Bronze: Edmonton WAM!

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 30,000 players on more than 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. 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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