Calgary RATH had their first home games of the season on Sunday, Jan 6—a two game series versus Edmonton Edge. The background for this series was indicating that this was likely to be a very exciting series of ringette. Coming into this weekend, Edge held a two point lead over RATH at the mid-season standings—Calgary however did hold two games in hand. After twelve games, Edge had only lost three, however two of those were to RATH in games played in Edmonton. Calgary had played ten games and had two losses. The setting was such that Edge wanted to even the series, RATH wanted to catch Edge in the standings, and hence some very competitive and intense ringette was to be played.
In anticipation of this excitement, very large crowds were in attendance, including over 750 boisterous fans for the first game at Centennial Arena. The game met the expectations of the anticipated build-up, and the large crowd was entertained by two of the finest teams in the country with very fast, very skilled, excellent ringette.
The game was very close throughout its’ entirety, and ended in regulation time at a 5-5 deadlock. As per the new rules, a shoot-out commenced and was quite exciting for the fans. Edge outscored RATH in the shootout to win the game 6-5.
The second game was equally entertaining for the fans. This was much more of an offensive match, with RATH outscoring Edge by a 10-6 margin.
Many young ringette fans were further eager to obtain autographs of their Calgary RATH stars. The lines were rather long, but the RATH players were very supportive and signed all memorabilia, photographs, programs etc. to acknowledge the support of these future NRL players.
One of the coaches of these younger players commented:
“I have spoken to several parents who were blown away by the class shown by your team both on and off the ice. They were amazed at how these elite athletes were more than willing to take the time to share their passion for the sport with everyone there. What great role models for the South Calgary players and parents!”