Canadian men win opener, women settle for Day 1 split


Courtesy of Canadian Curling Association

December 12, 2013, TRENTINO, Italy (ISN) – In the first day of action at the Winter Universiade in Trentino, Canada’s curling teams faced off against some tough opponents.

Getting a fast start in the first game of the women’s competition, Laura Crocker and her Wilfrid Laurier University team of third Sarah Wilkes, second Jennifer Gates, lead Cheryl Kreviazuk, and alternate Breanne Meakin with coach Gary Coderre, needed only six ends to power their way to an 8-1 victory over Italy’s Giada Mosener.

“It was the first time we were able to throw on the ice here and the conditions were a little tricky, but we adapted quickly and used it to our advantage,” said Crocker, a silver medallist at the 2010 junior world championship. “The whole team played great and we’re looking forward to getting back out there.”

The second game of the day was more challenging, and Team Canada came up short in a 9-2 loss to Sweden after allowing its rivals to jump to a 3-0 lead after the first end.

On the men’s side, skip Brendan Bottcher of the University of Alberta, with teammates Michael Lizmore (third), Brad Thiessen (second), Karrick Martin (lead) Parker Konschuh (alternate) and coach Rob Krepps won a tight game against a strong team from Great Britain, scoring one in an extra end for the 5-4 win after seeing their opponents tie it in the tenth.

“It was a very even game, on a tricky sheet of ice,” said Bottcher, the 2012 junior world champion who carried the Canadian flag into the Universiade opening ceremony on Wednesday. “I’m really pleased with how we hung in there, figured out the conditions, and found a way to win. We’ve got a couple of tough games tomorrow, so hopefully we can build on today’s game and build some momentum for the rest of the week.”

On Friday, Team Canada men will play China and Norway, while the women meet Switzerland.

Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)

Game 1

CAN    2 1 0 3 1 1 x x x x – 8

ITA      0 0 1 0 0 0 x x x x – 1

Game 2

SWE    3 0 2 2 2 0 x x x x – 9

CAN    0 1 0 0 0 1 x x x x – 2

Men’s Preliminary Round (9 matches) 

Game 1

CAN    0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 – 5

GBR    1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 4

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Trentino 2013 website:

TEAM CANADA SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times local / 6 hours ahead of EST)

Official FISU results, boxscores & pool standings: FISU


  • Dec. 12 (9:00): Canada 8, Italy 1
  • Dec. 12 (19:00): Canada vs. Sweden
  • Dec. 13 (14:00): Canada vs. Switzerland
  • Dec. 14 (9:00): Canada vs. Great Britain
  • Dec. 14 (19:00): Canada vs. Russia
  • Dec. 15 (14:00): Canada vs. China
  • Dec. 16 (9:00): Canada vs. USA
  • Dec. 16 (19:00): Canada vs. Japan
  • Dec. 17 (14:00): Canada vs. South Korea
  • Dec. 18: Tie-breaking games (if required)
  • Dec. 19 (9:00): Semi-finals
  • Dec. 19 (15:00): Bronze
  • Dec. 20 (9:00): Final 


  • Dec. 12 (14:00): Canada 5, Great Britain 4
  • Dec. 13 (9:00): Canada vs. China
  • Dec. 13 (19:00): Canada vs. Norway
  • Dec. 14 (14:00): Canada vs. South Korea
  • Dec. 15 (9:00): Canada vs. Italy
  • Dec. 15 (19:00): Canada vs. Czech Republic
  • Dec. 16 (14:00): Canada vs. USA
  • Dec. 17 (9:00): Canada vs. Switzerland
  • Dec. 17 (19:00): Canada vs. Sweden
  • Dec. 18: Tie-breaking games (if required)
  • Dec. 19 (9:00): Semi-finals
  • Dec. 19 (15:00): Bronze
  • Dec. 20 (14:00): Final

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

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 55 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit or follow us on:




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