Feb 14, 2015
GRANADA, Spain (CIS) – A bronze medal from the men’s hockey team brought Canada’s medal haul to five as the 27th Winter Universiade wrapped up Saturday in southern Spain.
Canada defeated the Czech Republic 6-2 in Saturday’s bronze medal game at the Granada Sport Palace, scoring four goals in the third period to earn the Red and White’s 14th men’s hockey medal in the 15 FISU competitions it has participated in.
Chris Collins (Calgary) and Kevin King (Calgary), both of the University of Calgary Dinos, scored two goals each as Canada regrouped from a heartbreaking 3-2 shootout loss to Russia in the semi-final less than 24 hours earlier to reach the podium.
“After the tough loss last night, we didn’t want to leave empty handed,” said Canadian captain Kruise Reddick (Manor, Sask.), who also captains the Alberta Golden Bears. “I’m so proud of the guys and how they battled all tournament. It’s the not the medal we came here to get, but it’s still pretty special to go home with one and I’m glad we got it.”
“We had to hit the reset button today and come out strong,” said Collins. “We didn’t quite play a full 60 minutes today, but we got the result. We just said ‘next shift let’s get back to basics’, and that’s something we’ve been working on every game at this tournament. Getting pucks to the goal line, keeping it simple, and that’s what we did today in the third period, and we got some goals of out it.”
The only other Canadians in action on the final day were in alpine skiing, where adverse conditions at the Sierra Nevada ski resort wreaked havoc on the men’s slalom competition and even forced the cancellation of the men’s ski cross event, in which Canada had no entrants. The poor conditions were reflected in the results, as only 28 of the 96 competitors in the race managed to finish both slalom runs.
Simon-Claude Toutant, a Laval University student from Montreal, was the only Canadian to get through the course twice, finishing 22nd, while Philippe Rivet (St. Lambert, Que.), Roger Carry (Calgary), William Schuessler (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.) and Vincent Lajoie (Sherbrooke, Que.) all fell victim to the course and recorded DNFs.
All five of Canada’s medals in Granada came in the final three days of competition, beginning with a silver medal by the women’s hockey team made up of Canadian Interuniversity Sport all-stars. The women’s curling rink, led by skip Breanne Meakin (Winnipeg) of the University of Manitoba, also brought home silver as her rink of Lauren Horton (Almonte, Ont.), Lynn Kreviazuk (Ottawa) and Jessica Armstrong (Ottawa) – all from Carleton University – fell 9-8 in an extra end in a heavyweight battle with Russia in the gold medal game.
Ève Routhier, a Laval student from Sherbrooke, Que., won Canada’s first alpine medal in 24 years with her bronze in Friday’s slalom, while the women’s 3000-metre relay team in short track speed skating of Joanie Gervais (Saguenay, Que.), Namasthée Harris-Gauthier (Montreal), Keri Morrison (Burlington, Ont.) and Caroline Truchon (Saguenay, Que.) also picked up a bronze medal. They were joined by the men’s hockey team, made up of standouts from the Canada West conference, with their third-place finish.
Canada was unable to capture a gold medal, marking the first time since 2001 in Zakopane, Poland that the Maple Leaf delegation will return home without reaching the top of the podium at the FISU Winter Games.
The Canadian delegation of 76 student-athletes competed in alpine skiing, curling, hockey, short track speed skating and snowboard over the course of the 11-day event which featured more than 1,200 athletes from 41 countries. An additional six Canadian athletes competed in the biathlon and cross country competitions at the biennial event, which were held earlier in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia.
“I’m proud of how our student-athletes, coaches, and officials represented Canada,” said chef de mission Darren Cates from the Royal Military College before the closing ceremony at the Granada Sport Palace. “They competed hard against some of the best athletes in the world, and at all times displayed tremendous sportsmanship. Between competitions, our student-athletes had a chance to learn about Spanish culture, visit historical sites, and support other teams. The organizing committee, FISU, and the City of Granada did an outstanding job in organizing and hosting the Winter Universiade.”
Gwangju, South Korea will play host to the 2015 Summer Universiade from July 3-14, while the next Winter Universiade will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2017.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 RESULTS
1. Ramon Zenhaeusern, Switzerland, 1:35.86; 2. Matej Falat, Slovakia, 1:39.54; 3. Filip Mlinsek, Slovenia, 1:39.59; 22. Simon-Claude Toutant, Montreal, Que., 1:48.36; Philippe Rivet, St. Lambert, Que., DNF; Roger Carry, Calgary, Alta., DNF; William Schuessler, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., DNF; Vincent Lajoie, Sherbrooke, Que., DNF.
Canada (5-1) wins 6-2 against Czech Republic (4-2) in bronze medal game.
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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