Day three of competition featured four games at the 2019 World Ringette Championships in Burnaby, with a pair of match-ups involving the senior and junior teams from Canada and Finland.
In the Sam Jacks Pool, Finland Senior and Canada Senior met in an evening match with Finland defeating Canada 11 to 4. Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards went to Finland’s Katariina Kurikko (number 13) and Canada’s Shaundra Bruvall (9).
Earlier, in the first official Junior Pool game of the tournament, Canada edged Finland 7-6. Game MVPs were Canada’s Mégane Fortin (51) and Finland’s Minka Tiihonen (20).
Other games on Thursday saw Sweden meet Westside from West Kelowna in the last friendship match of the tournament. Sweden beat Westside 13-0.
An afternoon President’s Pool match featured Czech Republic and USA. The Americans had a strong
game taking the victory over the Czechs by a score of 17-3. Game MPV awards went to USA’s Shaelyn Corasiniti (15) and Czech Republic’s Arran Arthur (23).
“Team USA has put in a lot of time and effort to prepare for the World Ringette Championships,” said
Head Coach Kari Sadoway. “We are thrilled to be here to witness firsthand, the effort of the Host
Committee, the Host City and all involved have put into this event. This is an incredible opportunity and truly is a world-class event. We wish all the teams a great tournament.”
Halfway through the 2019 championships, Jane Casson, the president of the International Ringette Federation, expressed praise for the level of completion and organization of the event. “We’re seeing a wonderful showcase of our sport here in Burnaby. From great fan support to the friendship matches to well-played games with the international teams, we are pleased with how this event is progressing. I look foward to the championship games this weekend.”
Seven female teams from Canada, USA, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic are seeking junior and senior titles during the championships. In addition to the international tournament, local teams from the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan are also competing in friendship matches.
The championships feature 179 athletes and 56 coaches and team officials. The Bill Copeland Sports Centre is the feature rink hosting the round robin and medal games. The championships continue until Sunday, December 1.