Feb 07, 2015
GRANADA, Spain (CIS) – Canada came out on top of another classic match-up with Russia in men’s hockey with a 5-3 win, highlighting Saturday’s action at the 27th Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain.
Down 2-0 after the first period, Canada tied it just 96 seconds into the second. Defenceman Jesse Craige (Edmonton) tied it up again at 3-3 late in the second, then scored the eventual game-winner 33 seconds into the third as the Red and White finished the round robin 3-0 and atop the Pool B standings.
University of Calgary netminder Kris Lazaruk (Edmonton) made 30 saves in the win, while Craige and blue line partner Jordan Rowley (Edmonton), both from the University of Alberta, combined for seven points at the Granada Sports Palace in front of a boisterous, near sold-out crowd of 2,600.
“You’re only as good as your defence and goaltending in any tournament or championship, and we’re real solid back there,” said Canadian head coach Dave Adolph, whose squad of Canada West conference all-stars aims to defend the Universiade title won in 2013 by a team of AUS standouts. “Our skilled guys were good, but the performance of our bottom pairing guys…I mean Luke Paulsen was unbelievable out there in the final five minutes of the game, and same with (Matt) Delahey, in that shutdown role. I like them all, that’s why we picked them.”
Canada will next see action in the quarterfinal on Wednesday, Feb. 11 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Up the mountain at Sierra Nevada, alpine skier Victoria Stevens of Ottawa recorded the best individual performance so far at the Universiade by a Canadian with an eighth-place finish in the women’s super combined.
The University of Montreal student, who was 12th after the super G component of the event, made up ground on the slalom to finish with a time of 1:51.30 and a place in the top eight, improving on her 16th-place finish in the super G race on Friday. Teammate Stéphanie Gould (Ottawa) from Laval University missed a gate on the slalom and did not finish.
The men’s super combined is the lone alpine skiing event scheduled for Sunday.
Over at the Fuentanueva Pavilion, the Canadian women’s curling team kept on rolling while the struggles mounted for Canada’s men.
Skip Breanne Meakin (Winnipeg), who carried Canada’s flag into the opening ceremony on Wednesday, knocked off previously unbeaten Sweden 9-3 in just seven ends in the morning draw, then edged Switzerland 6-4 in the evening to remain undefeated at 5-0 past the midway point of the nine-game round robin competition.
Meakin, along with her Carleton University-based rink of third Lauren Horton (Almonte, Ont.), second Lynn Kreviazuk (Ottawa) and lead Jessica Armstrong (Ottawa) will face host Spain (0-5) in their only action Sunday.
While the women continued to roll, the men’s rink skipped by Matthew Dunstone (Winnipeg) suffered a disappointing 8-6 loss to Switzerland’s Daniel Schifferli in the only men’s draw of the day. Trailing by 7-6 but with last rock in the 10th end, Canada gave up a steal in the frame to fall to 1-3 in the competition.
Dunstone’s University of Manitoba rink of third Jim Coleman (Winnipeg), second Daniel Grant (Winnipeg) and lead Chris Gallant (Charlottetown) will look to make up ground in the standings with their two draws on Sunday. In the early-morning round, Canada will face Russia (3-1), while a date with host Spain (1-3) is on the dance card for the evening draw on Sunday.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7 RESULTS
Women’s Super Combined
1. Daria Ovchinnikova, Russia, 1:49.80; 2. Pavla Klicnarova, Czech Republic, 1:50.06; 3. Maren Nessen Byrkjeland, Norway, 1:50.21; 8. Victoria Stevens, Ottawa, Ont., 1:51.30; Stephanie Gould, Ottawa, Ont., DNF.
Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)
CAN 2 0 1 0 2 0 4 x x x – 9
SWE 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 x x x – 3
CAN 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 – 6
SUI 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 – 4
Men’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)
CAN 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 – 6
SUI 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 – 8
Canada (3-0) defeats Russia (2-1) 5-3, advances to quarterfinal Wednesday, Feb. 11 (time & opponent TBC).
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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