Feb 13, 2015

GRANADA, Spain (CIS) – Canada picked up three more medals Friday on the penultimate day of competition at the Winter Universiade, adding podium finishes in curling, alpine skiing and short track speed skating, all of them in women’s action.

The three-medal day brings Canada’s total to four at the 27th FISU Winter Games: a pair of silvers in women’s hockey – which came Thursday – and women’s curling, as well as bronze medals by Ève Routhier of Sherbrooke, Que., in the women’s slalom and the women’s 3000-metre short track relay team.

However, one of Canada’s best chances for gold – the defending champion men’s hockey team – suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 shootout loss to Russia in the semi-final and will play the Czech Republic for the bronze medal on Saturday at 6 a.m. EST (noon local), live on www.fisu.tv.

Friday started out with a heavyweight battle on the ice at Fuentanueva Pavilion as undefeated Canada (10-0) faced reigning champion Russia (8-2) in the gold medal game of the women’s curling competition.

Skip Breanne Meakin (Winnipeg) from the University of Manitoba and her Carleton University squad of third Lauren Horton (Almonte, Ont.), second Lynn Kreviazuk (Ottawa) and lead Jessica Armstrong (Ottawa) dominated the first half of the match, jumping out to a 6-2 lead after five ends, but Russia tied it in the eighth, then stole in the ninth to take an 8-7 lead into the 10th end. Canada did score one to send it to an extra, but Russian skip Anna Sidorova, a two-time Olympian and the 2014 world championship bronze medallist, made a takeout and kept her shooter to score one in the 11th and claim her second straight Universiade gold title thanks to a 9-8 victory.

“We had a phenomenal week, and we came up just a little bit short,” said Meakin, who was Canada’s flag bearer at last week’s opening ceremony. “I’m still proud of our team, how we played, and all of Team Canada. If you told us we were going to go 10-1 this week, we probably would have been happy. It’s a little tough to swallow at the moment, but I know in the long run we’ll be proud of what we did.”

Up at the Sierra Nevada ski resort, Routhier, a Laval University student, finished third after the opening run of the women’s slalom and managed to hold on to her position the second time down the course, winning just the third alpine skiing medal in Canadian Universiade history – the first since 1991.

“I came here wanting a medal for sure, but anything can happen on a day like today,” said Routhier. “It was really nice outside, the snow was good, and the course was good. I made some mistakes, but I think everybody made mistakes. I was the third one down, and I was super happy.”

Canada’s other alpine medals at the FISU Games, both of them gold, came in 1991 (Sapporo, Japan) courtesy of Josée Lacasse in the slalom, and in 1972 (Lake Placid, USA) when Lisa Richardson won the women’s downhill.

On the final day of racing at the Universiade Igloo, Canada’s short track speed skating team finally reached the podium with a bronze medal finish in the women’s relay.

The Canadian contingent of Joanie Gervais (Saguenay, Que.), Namasthée Harris-Gauthier (Montreal), Keri Morrison (Burlington, Ont.) and Caroline Truchon (Saguenay, Que.) reached the third step of the podium behind short track powerhouses China and South Korea and edging out the Japanese foursome by just over a second to take home the bronze medal.

Finally, in the nightcap at the Granada Sports Palace, Canada’s men’s hockey team peppered Russian goalie Sergey Belov with 39 shots but could only put two of them in the net as they fell 3-2 in a shootout in the Universiade semi-final.

Levko Koper (Edmonton) from the University of Alberta and Chris Collins (Calgary) from the University of Calgary scored power play goals for the Red and White, while Kris Lazaruk (Edmonton), also from the U of C, made 31 saves – many of the dazzling variety – in a losing cause for Canada, which falls to 4-1 in the Universiade tournament.

Canada had defeated Russia 5-3 last Saturday in the preliminary round meeting between the two old rivals in international hockey, who were meeting in the semis or the final for the fifth straight Universiade.

“We just didn’t bury enough pucks today,” said Canadian and University of Saskatchewan head coach Dave Adolph. “We had a bit of a slow start, but I thought we gave a fantastic effort for the rest of the game and played really well. And it’s just so hard to give the effort we gave, and lose in a shootout. But, the boys should be proud of their effort today.

“It’ll take some time digest this one, but we need to refocus because we came here to get a medal, so we might as well go get one.”

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



Women’s Slalom
1. Thea Grosvold, Norway, 1:38.72; 2. Monica Huebner, Germany, 1:39.19; 3. Ève Routhier, Sherbrooke, Que., 1:39.33; 9. Victoria Stevens, Ottawa, Ont., 1:40.71; 12. Natalie Knowles, Toronto, Ont., 1:41.37; 22. Laurence Vallerand, Ile-des-Soeurs, Que., 1:42.93; 29. Stéphanie Gould, Ottawa, Ont., 1:46.79; Claudia Paquin-Ricard, Trois-Rivières, Que., DNF.


Women’s Final (extra end)

CAN 0 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 – 8
RUS 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 2 1 0 1 – 9

Canada (10-1) loses 9-8 to Russia (8-2) in final, wins silver medal.


Canada (4-1) loses 3-2 in a shootout to Russia (4-1), will face Czech Republic (4-1) on Saturday, February 14 at 6 a.m. EST (noon local) in bronze medal match.


Women’s 1000m
Heat 2
1. Caroline Truchon, Saguenay, Que., 1:33.760, advances to quarterfinals.

Heat 4
1. Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que., 1:39.335, advances to quarterfinals.

Heat 7
2. Keri Morrison, Burlington, Ont., 1:34.881, advances to quarterfinals.

Quarterfinal 2
4. Caroline Truchon, Saguenay, Que., 1:35.127, does not advance, finishes 13th overall.

Quarterfinal 3
2. Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que., 1:38.196, advances to semifinals.

Quarterfinal 4
3. Keri Morrison, Burlington, Ont., 1:33.653, does not advance, finishes 9th overall.

Semi-final 1
3. Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que., 1:38.104, advances to B final.

B Final
Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que., penalty, finishes 6th overall.

Men’s 1000m
Preliminary Heat 1
2. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 1:28.606, advances to heats.

Preliminary Heat 3
1. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., 1:27.977, advances to heats.

Preliminary Heat 8
4. Pascal Dion, Montreal, Que., No Time, does not advance, finishes 34th overall.

Heat 1
2. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 1:33.203, advances to quarterfinals.

Heat 3
2. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., 1:29.478, advances to quarterfinals.

Quarterfinal 1
2. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 1:33.111, advances to semifinals.

Quarterfinal 2
2. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., 1:34.672, advances to semifinals.

Semi-final 1
3. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 1:33.290, advances to B final.

Semi-final 2
4. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., No Time, advances to B final.

B Final
1. Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que., 1:34.704, finishes 5th overall; 3. Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., 1:35.167, finishes 7th overall.

Women’s 3000m Relay
A Final
1. China, 4:19.010; 2. South Korea, 4:19.289; 3. Canada (Joanie Gervais, Saguenay, Que.; Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Montreal, Que.; Keri Morrison, Burlington, Ont.; Caroline Truchon, Saguenay, Que.), 4:20.089.

Men’s 5000m Relay
B Final
2. Canada (Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, St. Bruno de Montarville, Que.; Cédrick Blais, Châteauguay, Que.; Yoan Gauthier, Rivière-du-Loup, Que.; William Preudhomme, Toronto, Ont.), 6:50.310, finishes 6th overall.

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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