December 13, 2013, TRENTINO, Italy (ISN) – Canada kept rolling in hockey and men’s curling on Friday at the 26th Winter Universiade, while results weren’t as conclusive in women’s curling and biathlon.
In women’s hockey, the two-time reigning FISU champions skated to their third shutout win in as many games, outshooting an overmatched Great Britain squad by a mind-boggling 94-1 margin en route to a 13-0 decision.
McGill University forward Gabrielle Davidson once again paced the offence with three goals and two assists. The native of Pte. Claire, Que., has already racked up 12 points (8-4-12) after three of five round-robin contests.
The Canadian women put their unblemished record on the line Sunday at 2 p.m. EST (8 p.m. Trentino) against the USA (2-1).
“Once again, I felt like this was a step forward for our group,” said Team Canada head coach Howie Draper, from the University of Alberta. “We continue to move the puck better, we moved our feet better, our net presence was better – it was fun. We made some change because Great Britain played well defensively and have a good goalie, but our team adjusted quickly, which was good and makes it easy. It’s a pleasure to coach this group.”
In men’s hockey, Canada, which opened the tourney on Tuesday with a 12-1 rout against Japan, resumed its domination with a convincing 11-0 win over Ukraine. Bronze medallists in 2011, the Canucks wrap up Pool A play against Kazakhstan (1-0) Sunday at 2 p.m. EST (8 p.m. Trentino).
Pierre Vandall, a Dalhousie University forward from St. Louis de France, Que., tallied a goal and three helpers while Nick MacNeil of Creignish, N.S., a UNB forward who had four markers in the opener against Japan, added two more along with an assist.
Saint Mary’s netminder Anthony Peters of Blyth, Ont., made 14 saves in his first Universiade start.
In curling, the Canadian men easily improved to 3-0 in the nine-match preliminary round with wins over China, 10-2, and Norway, 10-4.
After narrowly edging Great Britain 5-4 in its opener on Thursday, the University of Alberta squad of skip Brendan Bottcher left nothing to chance on Day 2, jumping to a 5-1 lead after four ends against China and to a 6-1 advantage after four frames versus Norway.
It was a different story on the women’s side as Canada fell to 1-2 following a lopsided 10-2 loss to Switzerland. Skip Laura Crocker and her Wilfrid Laurier crew were already down 5-1 when they saw their European rivals score five in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Friday also marked the start of the biathlon competition, with the women’s 15km individual and the men’s 20km individual.
The top Canadian performers were Jennifer Paterson of St. Albert, Alta., who finished 31st with a time of 58:00.4, and Guillaume Bertrand of St. Barnabé, Que., who placed 39th in 1:01:13.5.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2013/index
Trentino 2013 website:http://www.universiadetrentino.org/en
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 RESULTS
Women’s (15 km individual)
1. Natalia Prekopova, Slovakia, 47:38.9; 2. Weronika Nowakowska-Ziemniak, Poland, 47:53.5; 3. Jitka Landova, Czech Republic, 48:00.2; 31. Jennifer Paterson, St. Albert, Alta., 58:00.4; 32. Kelly MacCullough, Calgary, Alta., 58:38.8; 35. Jessica Biggs, Winnipeg, Man., 1:04.34.8; 37. Elizabeth Mawdsley, Fort Smith, N.W.T., 1:05.09.
Men’s (20 km individual)
1.Sergei Kliachin, Russia, 51:56.7; 2. Aleksandr Mingalev, Russia, 53:28.0; 3. Milanko Petrovic, Serbia; 39. Guillaume Bertrand, St. Barnabé, Que., 1:01:13.5; 49. Ryan Burlingame, Whitehorse, Yukon, 1:05:32.4; 52. David Poffenroth, Airdrie, Alta., 1:07:04.4; 56. Nicholas Lenko, Calgary, Alta., 1:15:13.4; 57. Evan Girard, Oxbow, Sask., 1:15:29.7.
Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)
SUI 0 2 2 1 5 0 x x x x – 10
CAN 1 0 0 0 0 1 x x x x – 2
Men’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)
CAN 2 0 0 3 1 0 1 3 x x – 10
CHN 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 x x – 2
CAN 0 3 0 3 2 0 2 x x x – 10
NOR 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 x x x – 4
Canada (3-0) wins 13-0 over Great Britain (0-3) in third of five preliminary round matches; will face USA (2-1) Sunday at 2 p.m. EST (8 p.m. Trentino).
Canada (2-0) wins 11-0 over Ukraine (0-2) in second of three Pool A matches; will face Kazakhstan (1-0) Sunday at 2 p.m. EST (8 p.m. Trentino).