Team Canada juniors take gold at World Ringette Championships, seniors drop series to Finland
Burnaby, BC – November 30, 2019 – Defending junior world champions, Team Canada are the best in the world again after defeating Finland 9-7 in game two of the best two out of three game series at the 2019 World Ringette Championships today. This makes the third world championship win for Canada’s junior national team. Gatineau’s Sara Plouffe posted a hat trick, while Blainville’s Mégane Fortin picked up a pair of goals and an assist. Singles came from Moncton’s Britney Snowdon, Mississauga’s Emily Power, Notre-Dame-De-L’Île-Perrot’s Ariane Sagala and St. Jacobs’ Maddie MacLean.
“I had a low start and was missing my rings, but then we got some momentum and our energy kept us in the game,” commented Sara Plouffe following the win. “It really was a team effort and that made it easy to play my game.”
Gatineau’s Julie Vandal picked up the player of the game award for Canada and Jenna Hakkarainen was named player of the game for Finland.
Junior team MVPs for the event were Moncton’s Britney Snowdon for Canada and Minka Tiihonen for Finland. Canada’s Mégane Fortin was named MVP for the Junior Pool.
Going into today’s game down by one, the Canadian senior team put forth a hard-fought battle but were not able to force the best two out of three series to a final game. The defending world champion Finns claimed their seventh consecutive world title, defeating Canada 5-1. Lacombe’s Jamie Bell picked up the lone goal for Canada. Finland’s Anne Pohjola picked up a hat trick and an assist and Susanna Tapani posted two goals and an assist. Whitefish’s Erika Kiviaho picked up the player of the game award for Canada and Maria Perkkola was named player of the game for Finland.
“We knew we had a good team coming into the event, so we were confident,” said Susanna Tapani following the gold-medal win. “The shots were tight and our goalie was very good. We just used our scoring chances better.”
Senior team MVPs for the event were Calgary’s Shaundra Bruvall for Canada and Susanna Tapani for Finland. Finland’s Anne Pohjola was named MVP for the Sam Jacks Pool.
Earlier in the day, USA downed Czech Republic 9-6 to move into tomorrow’s Presidents’ Pool final against Sweden. Czech Republic go home with bronze. USA and Sweden will play for gold at 9:40am (PST).
All games are being live webcast and can be accessed here: http://sportscanada.tv/2019-world-ringette-championships. The official host website of the event is www.wrc2019.ca. Photos are being posted daily on our Ringette Canada Flickr page, which can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/30Hhbty.
November 29 results
Sweden 11 USA 4
USA 9 Czech Republic 6
Sam Jacks Pool
Finland 5 Canada 1 – senior
Canada 9 Finland 7 – junior
Complete stats can be found within our stats system: http://bit.ly/2Qk7H66
Competition continues tomorrow, December 1, with the following game taking place (all times PST and all games played at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby, BC):
Presidents’ Pool gold game:
9:40 USA vs. Sweden
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