Calgary RATH sits atop the standings in the Western Division of the National Ringette League after an impressive weekend in Saskatoon on November 11-13. Led by veteran Pam Lenz with seven goals and seven assists, RATH posted three wins and two ties including two victories over Edmonton Edge, the fourth ranked team in the country. Coach Steve Hutchison commented “RATH were unranked at the start of the season because we are an extremely young team (average player age of 21) with relatively no big ringette names. I believe we will be given serious consideration when the next rankings are issued.”
Following last season, the two oldest members of RATH Lisa Brown and Sherra Keogan elected to retire and have been replaced by first rookies Marie-Eve D’aoust, Laura Mowat and Lyndsay Veale. The new players have brought youth and speed which has created different team dynamics. These “young guns” are doing very well combining for a total of 29 points in the first six games.
The next true test for RATH is the November 25th weekend in Edmonton with five games including one game against Edmonton WAM!, the number one ranked team in the country. WAM will be coming to Calgary on December 18th for a two-game series, which could decide who is the “best in the west” leading into the Christmas break.