World’s best hit the ice at inaugural world club ringette championship

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Wednesday, November 5, 2008 – The world’s top ringette athletes showcased their sport’s speed and finesse as the inaugural world club ringette championship got underway at the Essar Centre in Sault Ste Marie today. The event features the top three teams from the National Ringette League (NRL) – Cambridge Turbos, Montreal Mission and Calgary RATH, as well as seventh place Richmond Hill Lightning. The top teams from the Finnish Elite League, EKS-Espoo and LuKi-82, Luvia are also part of the competition.

The Cambridge Turbos showed fans why they are the top club team in Canada after coming out of the first day of round robin play as the only team undefeated. They faced some stiff competition, meeting up with both Finnish teams and downing EKS-Espoo 5-4 and LuKi-82, Luvia 5-2.
 
Montreal Mission opened up the day with a 12-8 win over Richmond Hill Lightning. Montreal’s Julie Blanchette posted a hat trick and five assists, while St-Laurent’s Stephanie Sequin picked up a pair of goals and three assists. The tides turned later in the day for the Mission when they were delivered an 11-4 loss by EKS-Espoo. Espoo’s Eevi Kaasinen dumped an impressive five goals and one assist in the net.
 
LuKi-82, Luvia started strong today, downing Calgary RATH 9-2. Elina Raesola picked up four goals and an assist for Luvia. Calgary came back from that loss and posted an 11-3 win over Richmond Hill Lightning, with Calgary’s Victoria Russell picking up a pair of goals and four assists.
 
EKS-Espoo dropped their second game of the day when they faced a tight 5-4 loss to the Cambridge Turbos. Brooklin’s Sharolyn Wouters scored the winning goal for Cambridge. The Turbos went on to play LuKi-82, Luvia in the final game of the day and continued their winning streak with a 5-2 win.
 
Round robin games will run until Friday, November 7th, with semi-final games being held on Friday evening. The gold medal final will take place on Saturday at 2:00 pm EST. Tickets for the event can be purchased through the Essar Centre box office, with a day pass costing $10 and a full event pass costing $25. A full schedule and stats can be found on the Ringette Canada site at www.ringette.ca (click on WCC results on the main page) or the official site for the event at www.worldclubringette.com.
 
Results for Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at the 2008 world club championship in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario:
 
Montreal Mission 12 Richmond Hill Lightning 8
Cambridge Turbos 5 EKS-Espoo 4
LuKi-82, Luvia 9 Calgary RATH 2
EKS- Espoo 11 Montreal Mission 4
Calgary RATH 11 Richmond Hill Lightning 3
Cambridge Turbos 5 LuKi-82, Luvia 2
 
The following is the schedule of games for tomorrow, Thursday November 6th (all times Eastern Standard Time):
 
8:15 am Calgary RATH vs. Cambridge Turbos
10:30 am LuKi-82, Luvia vs. Montreal Mission
12:45 pm Richmond Hill Lightning vs. EKS-Espoo
3:15 pm Montreal Mission vs. Calgary RATH
5:30 pm Cambridge Turbos vs. Richmond Hill Lightning
8:00 pm EKS-Espoo vs. LuKi-82, Luvia
 
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 27,000 players on nearly 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. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.
 
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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
 
Alayne Martell-Crocker
Media and Public Relations | Relations de presse et publiques
Ringette Canada | Ringuette Canada
National Ringette League | Ligue nationale de ringuette
Cell : (902) 308-1067                
Media/stats room at Essar Centre : 705-759-5295
alayne@ringette.ca
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