Canadian hockey women finish atop their pool

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Canada finished first in its group at the end of preliminary pool play Wednesday following their third consecutive one-sided outing at the Winter Universiade.

Canada blanked host Kazakhstan 11-0 as defenceman Katherine Bailey of the Guelph Gryphons assisted on three of the goals.

Canada scored three times in each of the first two periods and added five goals in the third.

Alexandra Labelle of Montreal had a hat trick for Canada while Kelty Apperson of St. Thomas and Jaycee Magwood of Regina tallied twice apiece. Single goals were added by Daley Oddy of St. Francis Xavier, Katelyn Gosling of Western, Catherine Dubois of Montreal and Brianna Iazzolino of Western.

Gryphon Kelly Gribbons won 13 of the 16 faceoffs she took.

Stephanie Sluys of Waterloo picked up the shutout while Gryphon Valerie Lamenta served as the backup. Canada outshot Kazakhstan 72-16.

The Canadian team is coached by Gryphon head coach Rachel Flanagan.

Earlier in the tournament Canada defeated China 9-1 and Britain 14-0.

Bailey scored in the win over Britain while Gribbons had an assist and won six of the seven faceoffs she took. Britain didn’t record a shot on net in the game.

Gribbons and Bailey each had goals in the win over China and Gribbons won eight of the 10 faceoffs she took. Lamenta picked up the win in net by making four saves.

Canada finished atop Group A with a 3-0-0-0 record while China was second at 2-1-0-0, Kazakhstan third at 1-2-0-0 and Britain fourth at 0-3-0-0.

Russia leads Group B at 1-0-0-0 while the U.S. is second at 1-1-0-0 and Japan is third at 0-1-0-0. Russia and Japan are to play Thursday to complete pool play.

Canada is likely to play the U.S. in Saturday’s semifinals with the winner advancing to Monday’s gold-medal match against the winner of the other likely semifinal between Russia and China.

  • Guelph Sports Journal