2017 Freson Bros. Canadian ringette championships hit the ice in Leduc

Leduc, Alberta – March 27, 2017 – Canada’s top ringette athletes took to the ice in Leduc today as the 2017 Freson Bros. Canadian ringette championships got underway. Forty-five teams from across the country are competing for national titles in the U16 and U19 divisions, as well as the National Ringette League championship title.

In the U16 division, six of the 21 teams came out of the first day of competition undefeated. Alberta (Calgary PACE) shut out Nova Scotia (Halifax Hurricanes) 6-0 and downed Regina Stingers 10-4. BLL (QC) beat Nova Scotia (Halifax Hurricanes) 3-1 and downed Manitoba Magic 8-7 in overtime. Manitoba (BVRA Angels) posted a 4-3 overtime win over Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Selects) 4-3 and shut out Sherwood Park (AB) 7-0. Ontario (Nepean) beat British Columbia (TORL Force) 8-5 and downed Edmonton Elite 7-2. Central Alberta Sting beat British Columbia (TORL Force) 10-3 and downed Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Selects) 6-5. Québec (Laurentides) downed New Brunswick 6-5 and British Columbia (LMRL Thunder) 10-6. Québec’s Mégane Fortin (Blainville) led the opening day scoring in the U16 division with 12 points.

In the U19 division, six out of 16 teams are undefeated after the first day of play. Ontario (Guelph) beat PEI Wave 8-2 and downed Nova Scotia 6-5. Manitoba Magic downed Rive Sud (QC) 8-7 and posted a 9-8 score over St. Albert Mission (AB). Central Alberta Sting defeated Saskatchewan (Regina Bandits) 7-6 and pulled off a 6-5 overtime win against Rive Sud (QC). Richmond Hill posted a 10-4 win over New Brunswick and beat British Columbia (TORL Force) 9-2. Manitoba (BVRA Angels) downed Edmonton Elite 7-2 and posted a 5-1 win over Québec (Outaouais Extrême). Alberta (Calgary) beat British Columbia (TORL Force) 6-2 and posted a 4-1 win over Edmonton Elite. Richmond Hill’s Katie De Snoo (Oshawa) led the opening day scoring in the U19 division with 13 points.

In the National Ringette League (NRL) division, Waterloo Wildfire beat Calgary RATH 6-5. Nepean’s Kelsey Youldon scored two goals for Waterloo, while Walden’s Erika Kiviaho posted two goals and an assist. Richmond Hill Lightning beat Atlantic Attack 4-3 in overtime, with Ajax’s Kristin Johnston scoring the overtime winner. Edmonton WAM! downed Edmonton Black Gold Rush 6-1 and Cambridge Turbos beat Ottawa Ice 7-6.

Games will take place at the Leduc Recreation Centre, the Ken Nichol Regional Recreation Centre in Beaumont, and the Dale Fisher Arena in Devon. The finals will be held at the Leduc Recreation Centre. Competition continues all week and finals in all three divisions take place on Saturday, April 1 (U16 at 9:30 MDT, U19 at 11:30 MDT and NRL at 13:30 MDT). 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://ringettecanada.hockeytech.com/stats/daily-schedule/2017-3-27?league_code=crc_u16&league=6

U19:​ http://ringettecanada.hockeytech.com/stats/daily-schedule/2017-3-27?league_code=crc_u19&league=4

NRL: http://www.nationalringetteleague.ca/stats/schedule.php?view=day

Competition continues Tuesday, March 28 at 8:00 a.m. (MDT).

Results for Monday, March 27 at the 2017 Freson Bros. Canadian ringette championships in Leduc, Alberta:

U16 DIVISION
New Brunswick 4 Calgary Impact 1
Ontario (Nepean) 8 TORL Force (BC) 5
BLL (QC) 3 Nova Scotia (Halifax Hurricanes) 1
Sherwood Park 8 Edmonton Elite 6
Cambridge Turbos 5 Manitoba Magic 0
Zone 5 Pack (AB) 4 Zone 2 (AB) 3 (OT)
Manitoba (BVRA Angels) 4 Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Selects) 3 (OT)
Regina Stingers 4 St. Albert Mission (AB) 2
British Columbia (LMRL Thunder) 6 Whitby 5
Québec (Laurentides) 6 New Brunswick 5
Alberta (Calgary PACE) 6 Nova Scotia (Halifax Hurricanes) 0
Ontario (Nepean) 7 Edmonton Elite 2
Central Alberta Sting 10 TORL Force (BC) 3
Calgary Impact 7 Zone 5 Pack (AB) 3
Manitoba (BVRA Angels) 7 Sherwood Park (AB) 0
BLL (QC) 8 Manitoba Magic 7 (OT)
St. Albert Mission (AB) 5 Cambridge Turbos 3
Whitby 4 Zone 2 (AB) 1
Central Alberta Sting 6 Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Selects) 5
Alberta (Calgary PACE) 10 Regina Stingers 4
Québec (Laurentides) 10 British Columbia (LMRL Thunder) 6

U19 DIVISION
Richmond Hill 10 New Brunswick 4
Ontario (Guelph) 8 Prince Edward Island (PEI Wave) 2
Zone 5 GRIT (AB) 2 Québec (Outaouais Extrême) 1 (OT)
Alberta (Calgary) 6 British Columbia (TORL Force) 2
Central Alberta Sting 7 Saskatchewan (Regina Bandits) 4
St. Albert Mission (AB) 4 Nova Scotia 3
Manitoba (BVRA Angels) 7 Edmonton Elite 2
Manitoba Magic 8 Rive Sud (QC) 7
Richmond Hill (ON) 9 British Columbia (TORL Force) 2
Saskatchewan (Regina Bandits) 6 Prince Edward Island (PEI Wave) 4
Ontario (Guelph) 6 Nova Scotia 5
Manitoba Magic 9 St. Albert Mission (AB) 8
New Brunswick 5 Zone 5 GRIT (AB) 4
Central Alberta Sting 6 Rive Sud (QC) 5 (OT)
Alberta (Calgary) 4 Edmonton Elite 1
Manitoba (BVRA Angels) 5 Québec (Outaouais Extrême) 1

NRL DIVISION                                                                                                                        
Waterloo Wildfire 6 Calgary RATH 5
Edmonton WAM! 6 Edmonton Black Gold Rush 1
Richmond Hill Lightning 4 Atlantic Attack 3 (OT)
Cambridge Turbos 7 Ottawa Ice 6

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