PEI makes history at ringette nationals, battle for national titles heats up

Regina, Saskatchewan – April 10, 2014 – In 1986, Prince Edward Island made the trek to Regina for their first ever appearance at the Canadian ringette championships. Over the course of the next 28 years, PEI has never been able to capture a win at the national event, until today. The PEI U19 team made history when they beat BC’s Thompson Okanagan Ringette League (TORL) 11-6 and then went on to beat Manitoba’s Eastman Flames 7-6. Leading the scoring for PEI were Charlottetown’s Alysha Corrigan with 11 points and Stratford’s Ashley Hollis with ten. Both Corrigan and Hollis picked up hat tricks in both wins today.

Edmonton WAM! posted a strong day in the National Ringette League (NRL) division, beating previously undefeated Cambridge Turbos 7-6 and downing their provincial rivals, Calgary RATH 11-8. Lacombe’s Dailyn Bell celebrated her birthday with four goals and five assists during WAM!’s win over RATH and a goal and two assists in the win over the Turbos.

In other NRL play, Montreal Mission dropped both their games today, losing 5-1 to the Turbos and 9-4 to RATH. At the end of day four, Cambridge and Ottawa Ice have booked a spot in the finals with five wins and one loss apiece. WAM! has four wins and two losses, while Richmond Hill Lightning, Mission and RATH each have three wins and three losses.

In the U16 division, Central Alberta Sting and Ontario continued their winning streak, with Sting downing Team Alberta 7-2 and Ontario downing previously undefeated Calgary KODA 8-4. Today saw round-robin play finish up and teams then went on to compete in either the championship or consolation round. As was the case yesterday in the U19 division, the fate of two teams came down to a mini-game. Quebec came out victorious with a 2-1 win over New Brunswick and move into the championship round. In tomorrow’s quarter-finals, Ontario will meet Quebec; Eastman Flames will meet Manitoba; Central Alberta Sting will meet Outaouais Extreme (QC); and Calgary KODA will meet Alberta.

In the U19 division, the Nepean Ravens continued their winning streak in the championship round, downing Edmonton Elite 5-1 and Richmond Hill (ON) 8-3. The Ravens remain the only undefeated team in the U19 division. Previously undefeated Team Alberta picked up a 7-0 win over Alberta’s Zone 5 GRIT, but suffered a 7-5 loss to New Brunswick. In tomorrow’s quarter finals, the Ravens will meet Edmonton Elite; Richmond Hill will meet New Brunswick; Manitoba will meet Ontario; and Alberta will meet Quebec.

Games are taking place at the Co-operators Centre (1700 Elphinstone Street). Competition continues all week with bronze medal games on Friday night (April 11) and finals in all three divisions taking place on Saturday, April 12 (10:30 NRL, 12:30 U16 and 14:15 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.nationalringetteleague.ca/stats/schedule.php?view=day

Competition continues Friday, April 11 at 8:00 a.m. (CDT).

Results for Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the 2014 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Regina, Saskatchewan:

U16 DIVISION
New Brunswick 7 British Columbia 3
Outaouais Extreme (QC) 3 Edmonton Elite 2
Ontario 8 Calgary KODA 4
Saskatchewan 4 Nova Scotia 2
Manitoba 8 Zone 5 Zeal (AB) 1
Eastman Flames (MB) 11 Regina Stingers 6
Central Alberta Sting 7 Alberta 2
Quebec 5 St. Alberta Mission (AB) 2
Mini-game: Quebec 2 New Brunswick 1

Consolation round:
Edmonton Elite 4 St. Albert Mission (AB) 3
Saskatchewan 9 British Columbia 2
Regina Stingers 4 Zone 5 Zeal 2
New Brunswick 7 Nova Scotia 2

U19 DIVISION
Championship round:
New Brunswick 7 Alberta 5
Quebec 5 Ontario 2
Nepean Ravens (ON) 5 Edmonton Elite 1
Zone 5 GRIT (AB) 6 British Columbia 2
Manitoba 9 Saskatchewan 2
Richmond Hill (ON) 6 Lac St. Louis 1
Alberta 7 Zone 5 GRIT (AB) 0
Manitoba 3 Ontario 2
Edmonton Elite 2 British Columbia 1 (OT)
Quebec 9 Lac St. Louis 4
New Brunswick 9 Saskatchewan 2
Nepean Ravens 8 Richmond Hill (ON) 3
Mini-game: Edmonton Elite 2 Zone 5 GRIT (AB) 0

Consolation round:
St. Albert Mission 6 Eastman Flames (MB) 5 (OT)
Nova Scotia 9 Saskatoon Blazers 2
PEI 11 Thompson Okanagan Ringette League (BC) 3
PEI 7 Eastman Flames (MB) 6
Nova Scotia 8 St. Albert Mission 4
Thompson Okanagan Ringette League (BC) 4 Saskatoon 2

NRL DIVISION
Edmonton WAM! 7 Cambridge Turbos 6
Calgary RATH 9 Montreal Mission 4
Ottawa Ice 7 Waterloo Wildfire 6 (OT)
Richmond Hill Lightning 5 Gloucester Devils 3
Cambridge Turbos 5 Montreal Mission 1
Edmonton WAM! 11 Calgary RATH 8
Ottawa Ice 2 Gloucester Devils 1
Waterloo Wildfire 5 Richmond Hill Lightning 3

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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