Feb 05, 2015
GRANADA, Spain (CIS) – Canada’s women’s curling squad got off to a strong start as competition began in earnest Thursday at the 27th Winter Universiade in the Andalusian city of Granada.
The Ottawa-based squad of third Lauren Horton (Almante, Ont.), second Lynn Kreviazuk (Ottawa), lead Jessica Armstrong (Ottawa) skipped by Winnipeg’s Breanne Meakin opened their competition with a pair of wins, edging South Korea’s Kim Eun Jung 6-4 before dominating Japan’s Mayu Manami 10-2 in the evening draw.
“We wanted to get off to a strong start,” said Meakin. “That was our goal. It feels great to have two wins under our belt, and we just want to keep it going. The ice is fantastic, and predictable. We’re really reading it well… it’s nice to be able to put the broom down with confidence. The team is playing great.”
For the Canadian men’s team out of the University of Manitoba, the start wasn’t what they had hoped it would be. Skip Matt Dunstone’s (Winnipeg) team of third Jim Coleman (Winnipeg), second Daniel Grant (Winnipeg) and lead Chris Gallant (Charlottetown) fell victim to a hot-shooting American skip in Stephen Dropkin. In a tight game that went down to the wire, the USA defeated Canada 6-5 with a tenth-end steal in the only men’s draw of the day.
Elsewhere on the ice in Granada, the Canadian men’s hockey team made up of Canada West all-stars kept rolling, cruising to a 7-0 win over Sweden to improve to 2-0 in the tournament.
Led by a two-goal performance by University of Alberta forward Jordan Hickmott (Mission, B.C.), six different Canadians found the back of the net in a dominant performance, with Leroy, Sask. native Ryan Holfeld from the University of Saskatchewan earning the shutout with a 10-save performance.
“I thought our puck movement was better today,” said Canadian head coach Dave Adolph, “and I think more people were firing on all cylinders as well. As a result our speed and our team game was better.”
Canada (2-0) now faces Russia (2-0) for top spot in Pool B Saturday night, with puck drop at 5 p.m. local (11 a.m. ET), live on www.fisu.tv.
“I don’t know what to expect,” said Adolph of facing the Russians. “Watching them play today against the Koreans, and the hair on the back of my neck was standing up because they’re so good. They’re big, heavy, old, and experienced, but I really don’t have any comparison for us. I can tell you that the Russians haven’t smiled at me or said hello in any of our encounters at the rink, or at the food line at the hotel. It’s going to be a good one.”
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5 RESULTS
Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)
CAN 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 – 6
KOR 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 – 4
CAN 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 x – 10
JPN 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 x – 2
Men’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)
CAN 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 5
USA 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 – 6
Canada (2-0) wins 7-0 over Sweden (0-2); will play Russia (2-0) Saturday at 11 a.m. EST (5 p.m. Granada) in third and final game of the preliminary round.
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
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