Team Canada continues winning streak at world ringette championships

Helsinki, Finland – December 29, 2015 – Canada’s junior team posted another solid win today at the 2016 world ringette championships taking place in Helsinki. The Canadian squad downed the junior team from Sweden 31-0 and now sit at 3-0 in round-robin play.

“We came here with a plan and that is to play a consistent game – our game,” said Team Canada captain Talia Gallant (Winnipeg) who scored a hat trick and picked up five assists in the game. “We go into every game with a set of goals and we are here to execute our plan.”

Lauren Henderson (St. Albert, AB) picked up four goals in the game and hat tricks came from Abby Richardson (Guelph), Molly Lewis (Nepean), Justine Lapointe (St-Basile-Le-Grand, QC), Britney Snowdon (Moncton) and Keyona Tomiuk (Oakbank, MB). Winnipeg’s Ryann Bannerman and Calgary’s Ellen Hoban shared the shutout in nets.

The Canadians will meet their toughest competition on New Year’s Day when they meet the Finns. They play Slovakia tomorrow and meet USA on Thursday.

In other round robin games today, Finland’s junior team beat Czech Republic 32-0, while
USA beat Slovakia 16-0 and Sweden beat Czech Republic 22-1.

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.

Round-robin play in the Presidents’ Pool continues tomorrow with the following games taking place (all times are local Helsinki time):
9:45 Canada Junior vs. Slovakia
13:00 USA vs. Finland Junior
16:15 Sweden vs. Sweden Junior
19:30 Slovakia vs. Czech Republic

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