December 12, 2013, TRENTINO, Italy (ISN) – Thursday marked the first full day of competition for Canada at the 26th Winter Universiade with women’s hockey, curling, snowboard cross and cross-country skiing on the schedule.
In women’s hockey, the reigning two-time FISU champions improved to 2-0 in preliminary round action thanks to a 5-0 win over Russia. The Canadians opened the biennial tournament Tuesday with a dominating 21-0 whitewash against Spain.
Five different players scored in the victory, including Laura Brooker of Wilfrid Laurier University five minutes and 14 seconds into the contest, Josianne Legault of the Montreal Carabins 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.
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 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).
“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.”
In curling, the Canadian men opened the competition with a nail-biting 5-4 win over Great Britain. The University of Alberta foursome of skip Brendan Bottcher – who carried the Canadian flag into the opening ceremony on Wednesday – saw its rivals tie it at four all in the 10th end but answered right back to prevail in the first extra frame.
“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 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 the women’s side, it was a tale of two games for Canada, which was playing a double-header on opening day. Skip Laura Crocker and her Wilfrid Laurier squad debuted with a convincing 8-1 win in six ends over host Italy but then dropped a 9-2 decision to Sweden – also in six ends – after allowing their opponents to jump to a commanding 3-0 lead in the first.
Curling action resumes Friday with the Canadian men facing China and Norway, and the women trying to rebound against Switzerland.
In snowboarding, Western University’s Danielle Hildebrand, a native of Toronto, was Canada’s top performer in the snow cross, reaching the small final en route to an eighth-place finish. Teammate Frédérique Joncas of North Vancouver was eliminated in the quarter-finals and took the 15th position.
On the men’s side, none of the three Canadian competitors was able to reach the quarter-finals. Danny Bourgeois of Montreal had the best result with a 17th place.
In cross-country skiing, Andrea Lee was the top Canuck in the women’s skiathlon (5km Classic & 5 km Free). The Black Creek, B.C. native was 49th with a time of 32:52.1.
In the men’s event (7.5km Classic & 7.5 km Free), Jordan Cascagnette of Penetanguishene, Ont., finished in 57th position in 43:07.9.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2013/index
Trentino 2013 website:http://www.universiadetrentino.org/en
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 RESULTS
Women’s Skiathlon (5km Classic + 5km Free)
1. Tatyana Ossipova, Kazakhstan, 29:34.7; 2. Kateryna Grygorenko, Ukraine, 29:35.7; Minna Marjaana Pitkaenen, Finland, 29:36.1; 49. Andrea Lee, Black Creek, B.C., 32:52.1; 52. Kendra Murray, Whitehorse, Yukon, 33:12.7; 53. Myriam Paquette, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 33:19.0; 56. Camille Pepin, St. Ferreol les Neiges, Que., 33:49.4.
Men’s Skiathlon (7.5km Classic + 7.5km Free)
1. Raul Shakirzyanov, Russia, 38:42.1; 2. Mark Starostin, Kazakhstan, 38:42.7 (photo finish); 3. Pavel Syulatov, Russia, 38:42.7; 57. Jordan Cascagnette, Penetanguishene, Ont., 43:07.9; 59. Harry Seaton, Orillia, Ont., 43:13.6; 67. Matthias Purdon, Owen Sound, Ont., 43:47.6; 68. Peter Beisel, Owen Sound, Ont., 44:00.8; 72. Lee Hawkings, Whitehorse, Yukon, 44:56.1.
Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)
CAN 2 1 0 3 1 1 x x x x – 8
ITA 0 0 1 0 0 0 x x x x – 1
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)
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
Canada (2-0) wins 5-0 over Russia (0-2) in second of five preliminary round matches; will play Great Britain (0-2) Friday at 6 a.m. EST (noon Trentino).
Women’s Snowboard Cross – Quarter-finals
Danielle Hildebrand, Toronto, Ont., advances to semifinals; 15. Frédérique Joncas, North Vancouver, B.C., 51.78 points, fourth in heat, does not advance.
Women’s Snowboard Cross – Semifinals
Danielle Hildebrand, Toronto, Ont., advances to small final.
Women’s Snowboard Cross – Small Final
8. Danielle Hildebrand, Toronto, Ont., 83.20 points, fourth in small final, eighth overall.
Men’s Snowboard Cross – 1/8 Finals
17. Danny Bourgeois, Montreal, Que., 36.40 points, third in heat, does not advance; 21. Michael Graves, Halifax, N.S., 26.00 points, third in heat, does not advance; 29. Richard Allen, Richmond, B.C., DNS.
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.
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