Salmon Arm’s Erika Lipsett will make her mark this 2011-12 National Ringette season, playing for a new franchise, the Lower Mainland Ringette Thunder.
Last Saturday, 14 of the 19 teams hit the ice across Canada, marking the eighth official season of the NRL with competition taking place in two conferences – the Eastern Conference with 13 teams and the Western Conference with six teams.
In the Western Conference, LMRL’s competition consists of the Calgary RATH, Edmonton WAM!, Prairie Fire (Winnipeg), Saskatoon Wild and Manitoba Jets.
Having not played over the weekend, the Thunder is set to host their season opener in Burnaby this Saturday, Oct. 22.
Icebreakers face off vs Vernon
The 2011-12 ringette season kicked off for the Shuswap Icebreakers Novice Ringette team on Saturday, as they faced off against Vernon at the Enderby Arena. It was a fine showing by all players, with Vernon winning both periods for a final score of 6-4.
The Icebreakers team consists of players Ashley Bitz, Heidi-Leigh Boileau, Mikaela Curdyk, Teagan Findlay, Emma Gollan, Natasha Kociuba, Chloe Latosky, Madeline Lucier, Hannah Patterson, Delaney Perry, Cadence Petitclerc-Crosby, Bethany Riley, Kylynn Rosenburg, Jordyn Turner and Bethany Wilson. Head coach is Kristina Petitclerc, with assistants Jen Findlay and Jennifer Cullen. Manager is Sheri Kociuba.