St. Albert Mission ends Ontario’s chances to medal in U19 division at national championships

Wood Buffalo, AB – April 1, 2015 – It was an exciting day of competition at the 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships, with a tough loss for Ontario in the U19 division. The previously undefeated team was downed 2-1 by Alberta’s St. Albert Mission in today’s quarterfinal, effectively ending their chances of moving any further in the championship round. St. Albert’s Kate Henderson scored both goals and the win moves the Mission into the semi-finals against Alberta, after that team beat Saskatchewan 4-1 today.

In other U19 play today, the Nepean Ravens continued their winning streak, beating the Central Alberta Sting 6-4. Nepean’s Molly Lewis, who has been lighting up the scoring all week, scored a pair of goals and two assists in the quarterfinal game. The Ravens now move onto the semi-final against British Columbia, who beat Manitoba 4-2 today.

The Cambridge Turbos clinched a spot in Saturday’s gold-medal National Ringette League (NRL) championship final after downing Calgary RATH 8-7 and Montreal Mission 10-4 today. Edmonton WAM! also beat the Mission 12-9, but suffered a 6-3 loss to Calgary. Richmond Hill Lightning had a successful day of competition, beating the Gloucester Devils 3-2 and downing the Ottawa Ice 8-4. Waterloo Wildfire also beat the Devils 13-6, but suffered an 8-4 loss to the Ice.

Round robin play finished up in the U16 division today, with Ontario and Alberta remaining undefeated. Ontario squeezed a tight 10-9 overtime winner out of Manitoba and they also downed the Manitoba Magic 6-3, with Tillsonburg’s Haleigh Cole picking up hat tricks in both games. Alberta beat Edmonton Elite 4-3 and downed British Columbia 8-1. Ontario, Alberta, Calgary Pursuit, Quebec, St. Albert Mission (AB), Manitoba and Edmonton Elite will now move into quarterfinals in the championship round.

There are 37 teams competing at the event and games are taking place at the Frank Lacroix Arena, MacDonald Island Park and Casman Centre in Fort McMurray as well as the Anzac Recreation Centre and Fort McKay Arena. Competition continues all week and the finals will be held on Saturday, April 4th (U19 at 11:30, NRL at 13:30 and U16 at 16:00). 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://www.leaguestat.com/ringettecanada/crc_u16/en/stats/schedule.php
U19: http://www.leaguestat.com/ringettecanada/crc_u19/en/stats/schedule.php
NRL: http://www.nationalringetteleague.ca/stats/schedule.php?view=day

Competition continues Friday, April 3 at 8:00 a.m. (MDT).

Results for Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships in Wood Buffalo, Alberta:

U16 DIVISION

Alberta 4 Edmonton Elite 3
Calgary Pursuit 3 Quebec 2
Ontario 10 Manitoba 9 (OT)
Zone 5 Pack (AB) 6 Central Alberta Sting 3
New Brunswick 6 Outaouais Extrême 4
St. Albert Mission (AB) 7 Saskatchewan 5
Alberta 8 British Columbia 1
Ontario 6 Manitoba Magic 3
Quebec 5 Saskatoon Selects 0
Edmonton Elite 4 New Brunswick 2
Manitoba 10 Central Alberta Sting 5
St. Albert Mission (AB) 5 Calgary Pursuit 3
British Columbia 4 Saskatchewan 3
Manitoba Magic 7 Outaouais Extrême 6
Zone 5 Pack (AB) 7 Saskatoon Selects 3

U19 DIVISION

Edmonton Elite 3 Eastman Flames 2
Quebec 6 Lac St. Louis (QC) 5
British Columbia 4 Manitoba 2
St. Albert Mission (AB) 2 Ontario 1
Nepean Ravens 6 Central Alberta Sting 4
Alberta 4 Saskatchewan 1

NRL DIVISION

Richmond Hill Lightning 3 Gloucester Devils 2
Edmonton WAM! 12 Montreal Mission 9
Ottawa Ice 8 Waterloo Wildfire 4
Cambridge Turbos 8 Calgary RATH 7
Waterloo Wildfire 13 Gloucester Devils 6
Calgary RATH 6 Edmonton WAM! 3
Cambridge Turbos 10 Montreal Mission 4
Richmond Hill Lightning 8 Ottawa Ice 4

2015 has been proclaimed the ‘Year of Sport’ in Canada, which aims to celebrate the role that sport plays in our Canadian identity. Ringette Canada fully supports this proclamation and encourages all Canadians to celebrate sport in their communities.

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