by Michel Belanger
December 16, 2013, TRENTINO, Italy (ISN) – Led by an Amanda Parkins hat-trick, the Canadian women’s hockey team dominated Japan 9-1 on Monday afternoon to complete the round-robin portion of the Winter Universiade tournament in first place with an unblemished 5-0 record.
In Wednesday’s second semifinal at 2 p.m. EST (8 p.m. Trentino), the CIS all-stars will face the United States (2-2), an opponent Canada defeated 9-1 on Sunday and 8-1 in the semis of the 2011 tourney in Turkey. The Americans wrap up the preliminary round Monday night against Spain but cannot move up in the standings.
The early semifinal will see Russia (3-2) face off against Japan (3-2) at 10 a.m. EST (4 p.m. Trentino).
Against the Japanese, Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first frame and was up 3-0 after 40 minutes, before exploding for six goals in the final stanza. The winners held a decisive advantage in shots on goals in each period, including 17-3 in the first, 16-2 in the second and 19-4 in the third.
“That was by far our toughest opponent to date and they played a great game for the first two periods,” said Canadian head coach Howie Draper from the University of Alberta. “They were intense, played hard and were disciplined both offensive and defensively. It was a great test for our players and I’m glad they responded the way they did. We made seamless adjustments throughout the game and continued to get better, which has been our goal all along.
“We have some great leaders in the dressing room and they know what’s at stake. No matter who we play, we are focussed and eager for the medal round.”
Parkins, a forward from the University of Guelph, opened the scoring 12:36 into the contest, notched the lone goal of the middle frame and made it 6-0 during a power play 5:55 into the third. The Kitchener, Ont., native has found the back of the net in all five games since the start of the competition and ranks second in the tournament with eight markers, two behind Team Canada teammate Gabrielle Davidson.
Davidson, who skates for McGill University, was also in on the action in the round-robin finale, tallying a goal and two assists to bring her Universiade-leading points total to 18 (10-8-18). The product of Pte. Claire, Que., has also scored in five straight contests.
Rounding out the scoring for the Red and White were StFX’s Alex Normore, with a pair, as well as Guelph’s Jessica Pinkerton, UBC’s Tatiana Rafter and Manitoba’s Caitlin MacDonald. Jenna Smith of the Calgary Dinos contributed four helpers, while McGill’s Katia Clément-Heydra and Montreal’s Josianne Legault had three apiece.
Ayano Ichijo broke netminder Élodie Rousseau-Sirois’ shutout bid with only 46 seconds left in the game, during a man advantage.
Rousseau-Sirois, another Montreal Carabins star, made eight saves to earn her third victory of the event. At the other end of the ice, Japanese starter Maeda Hazuki allowed seven goals on 44 shots before being replaced by Yae Unosawa, who was beaten twice on eight shots.
GAME NOTES: Six Canadians top the tournament leading scorers list, including Davidson (10-8-18), Clément-Heydra (2-12-14), Legault (5-8-13), Normore (5-7-12), Saskatchewan’s Cara Wooster (4-8-12) and Parkins (8-3-11)… Canada, which won the inaugural Universiade tournament in 2009 in China and repeated two years ago in Turkey, is now 19-0 all-time at the tourney and has outscored its opponents by a 154-12 margin overall… Team Canada is 3-0 all-time against the USA at the FISU Games, including 9-0 (round-robin) and 8-1 (semifinal) wins in 2011 and yesterday’s 9-1 victory.
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 13, Great Britain 0
- Dec. 15 (20:00): Canada 9, USA 1
- Dec. 16 (16:00): Canada 9, Japan 1
- Dec. 18 (16:00): Russia vs. Japan (semifinal #1)
- Dec. 18 (20:00): Canada vs. USA (semifinal #2)
- Dec. 19 (16:00): 5th place
- Dec. 20 (16:00): Bronze
- Dec. 20 (20:00): Final
SCORING SUMMARY (official boxscore: BOXSCORE)
Canada 9, Japan 1
- 1. CAN Amanda Parkins (6) (Jenna Smith, Josianne Legault), 12:36
- 2. CAN Jessica Pinkerton (4) (Kim Deschênes, Gabrielle Davidson), 13:12
- 3. CAN Amanda Parkins (7) (Jessica Pinkerton, Jenna Smith), 7:11
- Sato Kikuchi (JPN) holding, 12:39.
- 4. CAN Tatiana Rafter (5) (Cara Wooster, Katia Clément-Heydra), 1:10
- 5. CAN Alex Normore (4) (Laura Brooker, Jenna Smith), 4:01
- 6. CAN Amanda Parkins (8) (Tatiana Rafter, Katia Clément-Heydra), 5:55 PP
- 7. CAN Caitlin MacDonald (2) (Gabrielle Davidson, Josianne Legault), 6:38
- 8. CAN Alex Normore (5) (Jenna Smith, Kimberley Wong), 7:53
- 9. CAN Gabrielle Davidson (10) (Josianne Legault, Katia Clément-Heydra), 13:51
- 10. JPN Ayano Ichijo (2) (Rio Sakamoto, Mai Morii), 19:14 PP
- Asami Ohashi (JPN) holding, 5:10;
- Miyuka Yoshida (JPN) holding, 8:58;
- Sophie Brault (CAN) tripping, 18:42.
GOALS (by period)
- CAN: 2-1-6: 9
- JPN: 0-0-1: 1
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
- CAN: 17-16-19: 52
- JPN: 3-2-4: 9
- CAN: 1-3
- JPN: 1-1
- CAN – Élodie Rousseau-Sirois (W, 3-0, 9 shots, 8 saves, 1 GA, 60:00)
- JPN – Hazuki Maeda (L, 2-2, 44 shots, 37 saves, 7 GA, 46:38)
- JPN – Yae Unosawa (8 shots, 6 saves, 2 GA, 13:22)
REFEREE: Melissa Szkola (USA)
LINESMEN: Jackie Spresser (USA), Svenja Strohmenger (GER)
PRELIMINARY ROUND STANDINGS (1 game left: USA-ESP)
GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS
1. Canada 5 5 0 0 0 57 2 15
2. Russia 5 3 0 0 2 35 12 9
3. Japan 5 3 0 0 2 20 15 9
4. USA 4 2 0 0 2 7 14 6
5. Great Britain5 0 1 0 4 5 39 2
6. Spain 4 0 0 1 3 2 44 1
- 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 speed skating (short & long track).
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