Competition is underway at the 2018 Save-On-Foods Canadian Ringette Championships in Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba – April 9, 2018 – It was an action-packed opening day at the 2018 Save-On-Foods Canadian Ringette Championships that kicked off in Winnipeg, Manitoba today. Forty-seven teams from across the country will compete all week for national titles in the U16 and U19 divisions, as well as the National Ringette League championship title.

In the U16 division, seven of the 21 teams came out of the first day of competition undefeated. Rive Sud (QC) shut out the Eastman Flames (MB) 7-0 and downed Team Prince Edward Island 4-3 in overtime. Alberta’s Zone 2 beat the Saskatoon Selects 5-4 and posted an 8-2 win over Manitoba’s Eastman Flames. Calgary Surge beat LMRL Thunder 4-3 and downed Spruce Grove Pursuit 5-2. The Manitoba Angels shut out Alberta’s Zone 5 Pack 7-0 and downed the Manitoba Wild 7-4. The Regina Stingers beat BLL (QC) 4-3 and downed Calgary Shock 5-3. New Brunswick posted a 7-4 win over the Mississauga Mustangs and beat Central Alberta Sting 8-1. The Nepean Ravens beat Manitoba Wild 8-5 and downed LMRL Thunder 9-2. Ravens teammates Emma Kelly and Rileigh Hache, both from Nepean, led the opening day scoring in the U16 division with eight points each.

In the U19 division, five out of 18 teams are undefeated after the first day of play. The Guelph Predators downed the Eastman Flames (MB) 3-1 and beat St. Albert Mission 10-3. Nova Scotia posted a 9-2 win over St. Albert Mission and squeaked a 3-2 overtime win against LMRL Thunder. Manitoba Magic beat Calgary Strive 6-4 and downed PEI Wave 8-1. Zone 5 GRIT (AB) beat TORL Force 8-1 and downed Calgary Strive 4-2. Team Québec downed PEI Wave 8-1 and beat the Manitoba Angels 4-3. Manitoba Magic’s Olivia McCowan (Grosse Isle) led the opening day scoring in the U19 division with eight points.

In their first National Ringette League (NRL) championship game, Gatineau Fusion suffered a double overtime 7-6 loss to the Cambridge Turbos. Cambridge’s Jackie Gaudet picked up a hat trick and two assists for the Turbos and her teammate Sheri Adams (Dorchester) dumped in the overtime winner. In other NRL play, Calgary RATH downed Richmond Hill Lightning 11-5, Edmonton WAM! beat Manitoba Intact 8-2 and Atlantic Attack handed an 11-6 loss to Montreal Mission. Calgary’s Justine Exner led the opening day scoring in the NRL division with seven points.

Games are taking place at the Seven Oaks Arena and BellMTS IcePlex, with finals being held at the BellMTS Place. Competition in all divisions started today and will run all week, with the finals in all three divisions taking place on Saturday, April 14 (U16 at 11:30 CDT, U19 at 13:30 CDT and NRL at 15:30 CDT). All-stars and the NRL Annual Awards will be announced at the closing ceremony on Saturday night.

All games are being webcast live here: www.ringettecanada.tv. For more information on the event, including links to rosters, schedules, standings and stats can be found at www.crc2018.ca.

Competition continues Tuesday, April 10 at 8:00 a.m. (CDT).

Results for Monday, April 9 at the 2018 Save-On-Foods Canadian Ringette Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba:

U16 DIVISION
Zone 5 Pack (AB) 4 Spruce Grove Pursuit (AB) 3
Team New Brunswick 7 Mississauga Mustangs 4
Team Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Selects) 10 Sherwood Park Power (AB) 7
Team Alberta (Calgary Shock) 5 Manitoba Magic 3
Team Prince Edward Island 4 Central Whitby Sharks 3
Team Ontario (Nepean Ravens) 8 Manitoba Wild 5
Regina Stingers 4 BLL (QC) 3
Calgary Surge 4 Team British Columbia (LMRL Thunder) 3
Team Québec (Rive Sud) 7 Eastman Flames (MB) 0
Team New Brunswick 8 Central Alberta Sting 1
Team Manitoba (Angels) 7 Zone 5 Pack (AB) 0
Zone 2 (AB) 5 Team Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Selects) 4
Regina Stingers 5 Team Alberta (Calgary Shock) 3
Calgary Surge 5 Spruce Grove Pursuit (AB) 2
Central Whitby Sharks 8 Sherwood Park Power (AB) 6
Team Ontario (Nepean Ravens) 9 Team British Columbia (LMRL Thunder) 2
Team Québec (Rive Sud) 4 Team Prince Edward Island 3 OT
Mississauga Mustangs 4 BLL (QC) 3 OT
Manitoba Magic 7 Central Alberta Sting 4
Team Manitoba (Angels) 7 Manitoba Wild 4
Zone 2 (AB) 8 Eastman Flames (MB) 2

U19 DIVISION
Manitoba Magic 6 Team Alberta (Calgary Strive) 4
Zone 5 GRIT (AB) 8 TORL Force (BC) 1
Mississauga Mustangs 7 Team British Columbia (LMRL Thunder) 1
Team Nova Scotia 9 St. Albert Mission 2
Waterloo Wildfire 6 Team Saskatchewan 5
Team Québec (Laurentides) 8 Team Prince Edward Island (Wave) 1
Team Ontario (Guelph Predators) 3 Eastman Flames (MB) 1
Team New Brunswick 5 Edmonton Elite 4
Zone 5 GRIT (AB) 4 Team Alberta (Calgary Strive) 2
BLL (QC) 7 Mississauga Mustangs 6 OT
Team Nova Scotia 3 Team British Columbia (LMRL Thunder) 2 OT
Team Manitoba (Angels) 6 Waterloo Wildfire 3
Manitoba Magic 8 Team Prince Edward Island (Wave) 1
Eastman Flames (MB) 7 Team New Brunswick 4
Team Ontario (Guelph Predators) 10 St. Albert Mission 3
Team Saskatchewan 8 TORL Force (BC) 6
Edmonton Elite 6 BLL (QC) 5
Team Québec (Laurentides) 4 Team Manitoba (Angels) 3

NRL DIVISION
Calgary RATH 11 Richmond Hill Lightning 5
Edmonton WAM! 8 Manitoba Intact 2
Atlantic Attack 11 Montreal Mission 6
Cambridge Turbos 7 Gatineau Fusion 6 OT2

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