Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships hit the ice in Regina

Regina, Saskatchewan – April 7, 2014 – Opening day at the 2014 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships saw 38 games taking place at the Co-operators Centre in Regina. Forty-two teams are competing for national titles in three divisions at the sport’s highest level of national play in the country.

In the U16 division, five teams emerged undefeated after the first day of play. Calgary KODA defeated Saskatchewan 8-1 and Manitoba 7-5, while Ontario shutout Nova Scotia 7-0 and downed Alberta’s Zone 5 Zeal 8-1. Quebec’s Outaouais Extreme also beat Zone 5 Zeal with a score of 7-5 and they downed Nova Scotia 6-3. Central Alberta Sting downed New Brunswick 9-2 and shut out the Regina Stingers 4-0, while Manitoba’s Eastman Flames posted a 12-7 victory over Alberta’s St. Albert Mission and a 6-3 win over Alberta. Gruntal’s Skylar Friesen (Eastman Flames) and Quebec’s Laurianne Lussier (BLL) top the leading scorers list in the U16 division with five goals and four assists each. Langley’s Sarah MacDonald (BC) is the top goalie after day one, with a 0.951 save percentage after two games.

The U19 division also saw five teams go undefeated today, with Alberta downing Nova Scotia 4-3 and Manitoba’s Eastman Flames 11-7. Ontario’s Richmond Hill also beat the Flames 6-3 and downed BC’s TORL 9-2. Quebec beat Nova Scotia 9-2 and also delivered a 9-2 loss to TORL. Ontario beat PEI 10-3 and posted a 6-3 win over Alberta’s Zone 5 GRIT, while Lac St. Louis beat Saskatchewan 5-4 and downed PEI 15-10. Guelph’s Abby Richardson tops the leading scorer list in the U19 division with an impressive seven goals and seven assists in two games for Team Ontario, while Androssan’s Jennifer Lee tops the goalie list with a save percentage of 0.918 after two games between the pipes for the Edmonton Elite.

In the National Ringette League division, Montreal Mission opened the day with a 7-4 win over Richmond Hill Lightning, with Montreal’s Catherine Cartier scoring two goals and four assists in the game. Ottawa Ice downed Edmonton WAM! 4-2 and the Cambridge Turbos downed Waterloo Wildfire 3-2. Defending NRL champions Calgary RATH downed the Gloucester Devils 6-3 in the last game of the day, with Calgary’s Shaundra Bruvall picking up two goals and two assists in the game.

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 Tuesday, April 8 at 8:00 a.m. (CDT).

Results for Monday, April 7, 2014 at the 2014 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Regina, Saskatchewan:

U16 DIVISION
Ontario 7 Nova Scotia 0
Calgary KODA 8 Saskatchewan 1
Manitoba 7 Edmonton Elite 3
Outaouais Extreme (QC) 7 Zone 5 Zeal (AB) 5
Alberta 3 British Columbia 1
Central Alberta Sting 9 New Brunswick 2
Regina Stingers 6 Quebec 5
Eastman Flames (MB) 12 St. Albert Mission (AB) 7
Edmonton Elite 9 Saskatchewan 7
Outaouais Extreme 6 Nova Scotia 3
Calgary KODA 7 Manitoba 5
Ontario 8 Zone 5 Zeal (AB) 1
British Columbia 2 St. Albert Mission (AB) 1
Central Alberta Sting 4 Regina Stingers 0
Quebec 8 New Brunswick 5
Eastman Flames (MB) 6 Alberta 3

U19 DIVISION
Alberta 4 Nova Scotia 3
Richmond Hill (ON) 6 Eastman Flames (MB) 3
Quebec 9 TORL (BC) 2
Nepean Ravens (ON) 8 Saskatoon Blazers 1
Manitoba 9 British Columbia 2
New Brunswick 6 St. Albert Mission (AB) 3
Ontario 10 PEI 3
Zone 5 GRIT (AB) 6 Edmonton Elite 2
Lac St. Louis 5 Saskatchewan 4
Quebec 9 Nova Scotia 2
Richmond Hill (ON) 9 TORL (BC) 2
Alberta 11 Eastman Flames (MB) 7
St. Albert Mission (AB) 6 Saskatoon Blazers 2
Nepean Ravens (ON) 6 British Columbia 3
Manitoba 6 New Brunswick 4
Edmonton Elite 6 Saskatchewan 1
Ontario 6 Zone 5 GRIT (AB) 3
Lac St. Louis 15 PEI 10

NRL DIVISION
Montreal Mission 7 Richmond Hill Lightning 4
Ottawa Ice 4 Edmonton WAM! 2
Cambridge Turbos 3 Waterloo Wildfire 2
Calgary RATH 6 Gloucester Devils 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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For more information, please contact:

Alayne Martell
Media and Public Relations | Relations de presse et publiques
Ringette Canada | Ringuette Canada
National Ringette League | Ligue Nationale de Ringuette
Phone | Téléphone : (613) 748-5655, ext. 226
Cell : (902) 308-1067
alayne@ringette.ca
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