Canadian hockey men capture bronze at Universiade

ALMATY, Kazakhstan – The Canadian men’s hockey team will return from the Winter Universiade with bronze medals.

Canada edged the Czech Republic 4-3 Wednesday in the bronze-medal match.

Canada led 3-1 at the end of the first period and all of the scoring in the game was complete by the end of the second.

The Czech Republic outshot Canada 34-30 thanks to an 11-4 advantage in the third period as it pressed to net the equalizer.

Tommy Giroux had a pair of goals for Canada while Pierre-Olivier Morin and Brett Welychka added single markers. Morin and Michael McNamee each assisted on two goals while single assists were awarded to Martin Lefebvre, Ryan Van Stralen and Guillaume Asselin.

Dominik Kafka, David Ballner and David Zachar scored for the Czech Republic.

The Canadian goaltenders split time in the net. Kevin Bailie started, but was replaced by Sebastien Auger at 8:52 of the second period after the third goal by the Czechs. Bailey made 15 saves, Auger 16.

Guelph Gryphon captain Scott Simmonds won 15 of the 20 faceoffs he took.

Russia won the gold-medal game 1-0 over Kazakhstan with a goal by Daniil Ilin midway through the third period.

Canada finished the Games with three medals, one of each hue. Russia won 71 medals – 29 gold, 27 silver and 15 bronze.

Canada sent a team of 78 athletes including the players on the men’s and women’s hockey teams.

Others competing included sisters Abby and Emma Van Groningen of the University of Guelph. Emma was 31st in snowboard parallel giant slalom and 15th in snowboard parallel slalom while Abby was 18th in both.

  • Guelph Sports Journal