Canadian junior team remain undefeated at world ringette championships in Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland – December 31, 2015 – Canada’s junior team finished 2015 off with another win, beating USA 19-0 in round-robin play at the 2016 world ringette championships in Helsinki. Guelph’s Abby Richardson led the scoring with five goals and three assists and Moncton’s Britney Snowdon picked up four goals and an assist. Calgary’s Ellen Hoban and Boucherville’s Laurie St-Pierre shared the shutout in nets.

Tomorrow will be a big day for the Canadians, with the junior squad meeting their toughest competition, the Finns, in the last day of round robin competition in the President’s Pool. The senior squad will also face the Finns as the best two-out-of-three Sam Jacks series gets underway.

In other round robin games in the President’s Pool today, Finland’s junior team beat Sweden’s junior team 27-0 and Sweden beat Slovakia 27-0.

There are nine national teams competing at the event – junior national teams from Canada, Finland, and Sweden and senior national teams from Canada, Finland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Sweden and the United States. The senior national teams from Canada and Finland will compete in the Sam Jacks Series, with Team Finland looking to defend the world title they have held for the last four championship events, in a best two-out-of-three series against Team Canada. The series will start on January 1st and the winner will claim the Sam Jacks Trophy on either January 3rd or 4th.

Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Slovakia, Team Czech Republic, and the junior national teams from Canada, Finland and Sweden are competing in the Presidents’ Pool, which consists of a full round-robin series. Following the round robin, the top two teams will play a best two-out-of-three series for gold and the Presidents’ Trophy (either January 3rd or 4th). The third and fourth place team will play a best two-out-of-three series for bronze (either January 3rd or 4th).

All games are being live webcast and can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/user/RingetteTV.

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

Round-robin play in the Presidents’ Pool continues tomorrow and the first game in the Same Jacks Series also takes place. The following games will be taking place (all times are local Helsinki time):
10:00 Slovakia vs. Sweden Junior
12:30 USA vs. Sweden
15:45 Finland Junior vs. Canada Junior
16:15 Sweden Junior vs. Czech Republic
19:00 Finland vs. Canada

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