December 12, 2013, TRENTINO, Italy (ISN) – The Canadian women’s hockey team improved to 2-0 at the Winter Universiade thanks to a comfortable 5-0 win over Russia, Thursday afternoon.
Canada, which won the inaugural FISU tournament in 2009 in China and repeated two years ago in Turkey, opened its title defence on Tuesday with a resounding 21-0 victory against Spain. The Canucks are now 16-0 all-time at the biennial tourney and have outscored their opponents by a 123-10 margin overall.
Five different players scored against the Russians, including Laura Brooker of Wilfrid Laurier University five minutes and 14 seconds into the contest, Josianne Legault of Montreal 1:20 into the middle frame, as well as Amanda Parkins of Guelph, Gabrielle Davidson of McGill and rearguard Christi Capozzi of UBC in the third.
It was Davidson’s fifth marker of the competition following a four-goal performance versus Spain. Brooker, whose early game-winner came on the power play, also had a hat-trick on Tuesday.
Legault (1-1-2) finished the match with two points, as did Alex Normore of StFX and Katia Clément-Heydra of McGill, who tallied two assists apiece.
Making her first Universiade start, Western goaltender Kelly Campbell made 10 saves to earn the shutout. At the other end of the ice, Anna Prugova was sensational in a losing cause, turning aside 51 of 56 pucks fired her way.
Canada outshot its rival 18-3 in the first stanza, 15-4 in the second and 23-3 in the third but was still up by only three goals with just over two minutes to go in regulation. Davidson and Capozzi then scored 61 seconds apart to put the game away.
“I felt that we played better as a team today, with better puck movement,” said Team Canada head coach Howie Draper from the University of Alberta. “Defensively, we held up and responded to increased pressure from the Russian team. Kelly (Campbell) was solid. Despite the modest quantity of shots, they had some good opportunities to score and she was sharp when tested.
“I’m happy with the way the team is shaping up – we need more consistency but it’s a good step forward.”
Canada doesn’t get much rest before its third of five round-robin contests, Friday against Great Britain (0-2). Puck drop is set for 6 a.m. EST (noon Trentino).
After dropping its opener 10-1 to Japan on Tuesday, Great Britain gave the Americans all they could handle on Thursday before falling 2-1.
GAME NOTES: Canada has yet to be penalized after two games… The Canadian power play went 1-for-5 against Russia… Not a single penalty was called Tuesday in the game between Canada and Spain.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2013/index
Trentino 2013 website:http://www.universiadetrentino.org/en
TEAM CANADA SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times local / 6 hours ahead of EST)
- Dec. 10 (20:00): Canada 21, Spain 0
- Dec. 12 (16:00): Canada 5, Russia 0
- Dec. 13 (12:00): Canada vs. Great Britain
- Dec. 15 (20:00): Canada vs. USA
- Dec. 16 (16:00): Canada vs. Japan
- Dec. 18 (16:00): Semifinal #1 (3 vs. 2)
- Dec. 18 (20:00): Semifinal #2 (4 vs. 1)
- Dec. 19 (16:00): 5th place
- Dec. 20 (16:00): Bronze
- Dec. 20 (20:00): Final
SCORING SUMMARY (official boxscore: BOXSCORE)
Canada 5, Russie 0
1. CAN Laura Brooker (4) (Alex Normore), 5:14 PP
Anna Schukina (RUS) body checking, 3:58;
Svetlana Litvintseva (RUS) hooking, 8:36.
2. CAN Josianne Legault (3) (Sophie Brault), 1:20
Zoya Polunina (RUS) hooking, 2:05;
Yulia Sadykova (RUS) hooking, 8:05.
3. CAN Amanda Parkins (2) (Jessica Pinkerton, Katia Clément-Heydra), 0:45
4. CAN Gabrielle Davidson (5) (Kim Deschênes, Josianne Legault), 17:46
5. CAN Christi Capozzi (1) (Katia Clément-Heydra, Alex Normore), 18:47
Oxana Afonina (RUS) slashing, 10:51.
GOALS (by period)
CAN: 1-1-3: 5
RUS: 0-0-0: 0
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CAN: 18-15-23: 56
RUS: 3-4-3: 10
CAN – Kelly Campbell (W, 1-0, 10 shots, 10 saves, 0 GA, 60:00)
RUS – Anna Prugova (L, 56 shots, 51 saves, 5 GA, 60:00)
REFEREE: Marie Tjana Picavet (FRA)
LINESMEN: Lorna Beresford (GBR), Jackie Spresser (USA)
PRELIMINARY ROUND STANDINGS (each team plays 5 games)
GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS
1. Canada 2 2 0 0 0 26 0 6
2. USA 2 2 0 0 0 6 3 6
3. Japan 1 1 0 0 0 10 1 3
4. Spain 1 0 0 0 1 0 21 0
5. Russia 2 0 0 0 2 2 9 0
6. Great Britain2 0 0 0 2 2 12 0
3 points for a win in regulation
2 points for a win in overtime or shootout
1 point for a loss in overtime or shootout
Legend: W (win), OTW (OT win), OTL (OT loss), L (loss)
About the Winter Universiade
The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event. The competition program of the Trentino Universiade includes alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey (women & men), nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboarding, and short track speed skating.
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
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