Winter Universiade men’s hockey: Canadians dominate Koreans in Universiade opener

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Photo credit Ben Matchett

Feb 03, 2015

GRANADA, Spain (CIS) – Nine different players recorded a multi-point game as Canada’s men’s hockey team opened its 2015 Universiade with an 11-1 victory over South Korea at the Granada Sport Palace on Tuesday evening.

The team of Canada West all-stars was paced by fourth-year University of Calgary Dinos forward Kevin King (Calgary, Alta) who scored three goals in the third period to cement the victory for Canada. Team captain Kruise Reddick (Manor, Sask.) and sophomore forward TJ Foster (Slave Lake, Alta.), both from the defending CIS champion Alberta Golden Bears, had three points each to help Canada to its first win in Pool B preliminary play at the 27th Winter Universiade.

“It was a good game to get our feet under us, and to get used to the new surface, new systems, new teammates and new linemates,” noted King. “We definitely experienced some nerves in the first period, and suffered a slow start, but once we got past that period things started to come together for us and we started seeing some success.”

Forward Levko Koper (Edmonton, Alta.), last year’s University Cup hero for the U of A, scored a pair of goals for Canada, including one shorthanded, while Jordan Hickmott (Mission, B.C.) had a goal and an assist. Defencemen Kendall McFaull (Saskatoon, Sask.) and Kodie Curran (Calgary, Alta.) each had a pair of assists, while Mount Royal forward Cody Cartier (Fort McMurray, Alta). had two goals and U of C forward Chris Collins (Calgary, Alta.) had a goal and a helper in the lopsided win. Elgin Pearce (New Westminster, B.C.) also tallied for the Canucks.

Goalies Ryan Holfeld (Humboldt, Sask.) and Kris Lazaruk (Edmonton, Alta.) split the duties between the pipes for Canada, with Holfeld earning the win after starting the game and playing until the 30:46 mark. The University of Saskatchewan Huskies standout made just five saves before giving way to Lazaruk who recorded eight saves on eight shots in 29:14 of work.

Team Canada outshot its South Korean competition 68-14, including 25-4 in the first period. However, as dominant as they were on the shot clock in the opening frame, the Canadians showed the effects of delayed travel and equipment, as they struggled to find any sort of rhythm on the temporary ice in the Granada Sport Palace – home of Granada’s pro basketball team.

Pearce opened the scoring at 12:54 when he collected a pass from McFaull inside the hash marks in the South Korean zone, and spun 180 degrees before beating goaltender Jangwoo Bae with a perfect shot.

Just moments before the first 20 minutes expired, the South Koreans tied the score on a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity as defenceman Geonhee Han sifted a wrist shot through a screen and past Holfeld for the 1-1 score at 19:36.

The second period was all Team Canada as the Red and White scored four goals in the middle frame to blow the game open. Foster, the Canada West regular season scoring champion, got the ball rolling at the 3:44 mark when he scored on a penalty shot after being hooked on a breakaway by Seungwong Lee.

Collins, Hickmott and Cartier would all add goals of their own to send the defending Universiade champions into the second intermission with an insurmountable 5-1 advantage.

King scored the first of his three third period goals at 3:22 of the final frame, and then added two more to complete the rout. Koper also scored twice in the third period, while Cartier picked up his second of the game to close out the scoring, and make it an 11-1 finish.

“We expected a lot more from our guys tonight, but given how our last three days went I felt we got better as the game went along, and that’s always a positive sign for a team in tournament like this,” said Team Canada and University of Saskatchewan bench boss Dave Adolph.

“Playing with the caliber of players that are in that locker room is a pretty special thing,” said King, “and I know that I definitely received a couple of gift goals tonight thanks to my talented linemates, so hopefully we can continue that chemistry and keeping find success.”

With the win, Canada ascends to first place in Pool B, while Korea drops to fourth place. Russia, meanwhile, defeated Sweden 5-1 in other Pool B action, leaving Canada and Russia tied for the top spot through the opening day of competition.

In earlier men’s hockey action, Kazakhstan, the 2013 Universiade silver medalists, narrowly defeated Japan 3-2.

NOTES…In 14 previous appearances at the FISU tourney, Canada has reached the podium 13 times, including four gold medals, three silver and six bronze. Its four triumphs came in 2013 and 2007, when represented by AUS standouts, in 1991 (senior national team) and 1981 (Alberta Golden Bears).

Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/

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

Tuesday, Feb. 3 (17:00): Canada 11 vs. South Korea 1
Thursday, Feb. 5 (17:00): Canada vs. Sweden (www.fisu.tv)
Saturday, Feb. 7 (17:00): Canada vs. Russia (www.fisu.tv)
Wednesday, Feb. 11 (TBD): Quarterfinals (www.fisu.tv)
Friday, Feb. 13 (TBD): Semi-finals (www.fisu.tv)
Saturday, Feb. 14 (12:00): Bronze (www.fisu.tv)
Saturday, Feb. 14 (16:00): Final (www.fisu.tv)

SCORING SUMMARY (complete boxscore)

Canada 11, Korea 1

FIRST PERIOD

SCORING:

1. CAN Elgin Pearce (1) (Kendall McFaull), 12:54
2. KOR Geonhee Han (1), 19:36 PP

PENALTIES:

Shinchul Yu (KOR) hooking, 6:04;
Sunghun Yang (KOR) delay of game, 10:30;
Cody Fowlie (CAN) slashing, 17:21;
Jesse Craige (CAN) checking from behind, 19:17;
Jesse Craige (CAN) 10 min misconduct, 19:17;
Kodie Curran (CAN) hooking, 19:26

SECOND PERIOD

SCORING:

3. CAN TJ Foster (1), 3:44, PS
4. CAN Chris Collins (1) (Reddick), 9:09
5. CAN Jordan Hickmott (1) (Kodie Curran, TJ Foster), 10:46
6. CAN Cody Cartier (1) (Tyler Fiddler, Kendall McFaull), 14:45

PENALTIES:

Seungwon Lee (KOR) hooking, 3:44, PS;
Jinsoo Lim (KOR) roughing, 11:23;
Kendall McFaull (CAN) tripping, 18:06

THIRD PERIOD

SCORING:

7. CAN Kevin King (1) (TJ Foster, Kodie Curran), 3:22
8. CAN Levko Koper (1), 6:37 SH
9. CAN Kevin King (2) (Luke Paulsen, Jesse Craige), 10:11
10. CAN Kevin King (3) (Jordan Hickmott), 16:46 PP
11. CAN Levko Koper (2) (Chris Collins, Kruise Reddick), 17:43
12. CAN Cody Cartier (2), 18:43

PENALTIES:

Chris Collins (CAN) high sticking, 6:11
Jinsoo Lim (KOR) holding, roughing, 16:25
Kodie Curran (CAN) tripping, 19:02

GOALS (by period)
CAN: 1-4-6: 11
KOR: 1-0-0: 1

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CAN: 25-19-24: 68
KOR: 4-3-7: 14

POWER PLAY:
CAN: 1-5
KOR: 1-6

GOALTENDERS
CAN – Ryan Holfeld (W, 1-0, 6 shots, 5 saves, 1 GA, 30:46)
CAN- Kris Lazaruk (ND, 0-0, 8 shots, 8 saves, 0 GA, 29:14)
KOR – Jangwoo Bae (L, 0-1, 68 shots, 57 saves, 11 GA, 60:00)

REFEREE: Patric Bjalkander (SWE)

LINESMEN: Timo Heinonen (FIN), Bakli Lorentsen (NOR)

ATTENDANCE: – 320

START: 17:00
END: 19:19
LENGTH: 2:19

POOL STANDINGS

Pool A

GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS

1. ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1. SVK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1. CZE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1. CHN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Pool B

1. CAN 1 1 0 0 0 11 1 3

2. RUS 1 1 0 0 0 5 1 3

2. SWE1 0 0 0 1 1 5 0

4. KOR 1 0 0 0 1 1 11 0

Pool C

1. KAZ 1 1 0 0 0 3 2 3

2. USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

3. JPN 1 0 0 0 1 2 3 0

Scoring system:
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 Granada Universiade will feature nine compulsory sports and one optional sport. Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing, short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding. Optional sport: freestyle skiing.

NOTE: Biathlon and nordic skiing will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, prior to the start of the Games in Granada.

Official website: www.granada2015.org

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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