Canadian junior ringette squad positioned to take world championship gold tomorrow

Helsinki, Finland – January 2, 2015 – The Canadian junior team beat their Finnish rivals 7-5 in game one of the best two-out-of-three gold medal series at the world ringette championships today in Helsinki. The two teams will meet again tomorrow with the Finns in a do or die situation and the Canadians strongly positioned to pick up the gold medal.

“Our defence was very strong, there was nothing going in the triangle,” said goalie Laurie St-Pierre (Boucherville) who picked up the Canadian player of the game award. “We know the Finns can win it in the last half of the game, so we will go into tomorrow’s game knowing we have to play harder in the second half. We have beat them twice now and we know we can do it.”

Moncton’s Jenny Snowdon picked up a pair of goals in the game, with singles coming from Nepean’s Molly Lewis, Red Deer’s Kelsie Caine, Ottawa’s Sarah-Lynne Begin, Oakbank’s Keyona Tomiuk and Edmonton’s Annie Debaji.

Earlier in the day, USA downed Sweden 2-1 in game one of the best two-out-of-three series for bronze in the President’s Pool. The two teams will meet again tomorrow at 12:00 for game two.

The Canadian senior team had a day of rest today and must beat the Finns tomorrow to to push the Sam Jacks series to three games and a chance at gold. The last time the Canadian senior team beat the Finns at a world championship was in 2002.

All games are being live webcast and can be accessed through the following links:

President’s Pool: https://www.youtube.com/user/RingetteTV

Sam Jacks Series: http://areena.yle.fi/1-3198005

Live stats can be found here: http://www.wrc2015.fi/en/Results.html

The following games will take place tomorrow (all times are local Helsinki time):

President’s Bronze series game two

12:00 USA vs.  Sweden

Sam Jacks series game two

16:30 Canada vs. Finland

President’s Trophy series game two

19:45 Canada Junior vs. Finland Junior

About Ringette

Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 30,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada, with over 1,500 officials and nearly 8000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in more than a half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and 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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