Winter Universiade women’s hockey: Canada vs. Russia for gold: Part II

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Feb 12, 2015

GRANADA, Spain (CIS) – Canada’s women’s hockey team will shoot for its fourth gold medal in as many Winter Universiade tournaments later today, but will do so against the only team to have ever beaten them in FISU competition, Russia.

The game can be watched live at 2:30 p.m. EST (8:30 p.m. local time).

WATCHAThttp://www.livefisu.tv/

The contest will be a rematch of last Sunday’s Pool B finale where Russia (3-0) prevailed 3-1 to hand Canada (2-1) its first-ever Universiade loss in women’s hockey, and also of the 2013 final in Trentino, Italy, where the Canucks scored a convincing 5-0 win.

The Red and White is 23-1 overall since women’s hockey made its FISU Games debut in 2009.

Canada advanced to the gold medal final thanks to a 5-2 victory over Japan (3-1) in Wednesday’s semifinal. Alternate captain Morgan McHaffie (Guelph, Ont.) of the Queen’s University Gaels notched a pair of goals in the victory and has a team-leading three goals in three games heading into the final.

Also scoring for Canada were defenceman Julie Flinton (Williams Lake, B.C.) of the University of Saskatchewan, StFX forward Alex Normore (Bedford, N.S) and University of Alberta forward Tess Houston (Winnipeg), who picked up the game-winner by scoring on a shorthanded breakaway.

The Russians, however, are bolstered by an offence that counts four of the top five Universiade scoring leaders among its ranks, including CIS leading scorer Iya Gavrilova of the University of Calgary, who has 10 points in three games. Gavrilova is one of eight Olympians on the Russian roster.

NOTES: In previous Universiade gold medal finals, the Canadians defeated China 3-1 (2009), Finland 4-1 (2011) and Russia 5-0 (2013)… Four members of the 2015 team return from the 2013 championship squad, including goaltender Élodie Rousseau-Sirois from the University of Montreal, defenceman Brittney Fouracres from McGill, as well as forwards Laura Brooker from Wilfrid Laurier and Alex Normore from StFX.

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. 4 (20:30): Canada 7 Kazakhstan 1
Sunday, Feb. 8 (20:30): Russia 3, Canada 1
Wednesday, Feb. 11 (13:30): Canada 5, Japan 2 (semi-final)
Thursday, Feb. 12 (20:30): Canada vs. Russia (final / www.fisu.tv)

TEAM CANADA ROSTER

Women’s Hockey (Goaltenders)

Name Position School Hometown
Nicole Kesteris Goalkeeper University of Toronto Aurora, Ontario
Élodie Rousseau Sirois Goalkeeper Université de Montréal Pohénégamook, Québec

Women’s Hockey (Forwards)

Name Position School Hometown
Ariane Barker Forward Université de Montréal Napierville, Québec
Laura Brooker Forward Wilfrid Laurier University Fergus, Ontario
Jessica Fickel Forward Brock University Fort Erie, Ontario
Tess Houston Forward University of Alberta Winnipeg, Manitoba
Jessica Kampjes Forward University of Alberta Sturgeon County, Alberta
Breanna Lanceleve Forward Saint Mary’s University Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia
Margaret Litchfield-Medd Forward University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba
Jennifer MacKnight Forward University of Windsor Regina, Saskatchewan
Morgan McHaffie Forward Queen’s University Guelph, Ontario
Alexa Normore Forward St Francis Xavier University Bedford, Nova Scotia
Daley Oddy Forward St Francis Xavier University Cranbrook, British Columbia
Breehan Polci Forward University of Windsor London, Ontario

Women’s Hockey (Defencemen)

Name Position School Hometown
Sarah Casorso Defense University of British Columbia Kelowna, British Columbia
Julia Flinton Defense University of Saskatchewan Williams Lake, British Columbia
Brittney Fouracres Defense McGill University Calgary, Alberta
Katelyn Gosling Defense Western University London, Ontario
Elizabeth Mantha Defense Université de Montréal Longueuil, Québec
Keirstin Visser Defense University of Prince Edward Island Victoria, Prince Edward Island

Women’s Hockey (Staff)

Name Position School
Bruce Donaldson Assistant Coach University of Prince Edward Island
Kelsie Graham Team Leader Saskatchewan
Jim Hunter Assistant Coach University of Windsor
Jean Huynh Equipment Manager McGill University
Jonathan Rempel Head Coach University of Manitoba
Nadine Smith Athletic Therapist Carleton University

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

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

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