Canadian hockey women to go for gold Monday

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Canada will be going for gold in women’s hockey Monday at the Winter Universiade following an 8-1 thumping of the United States in semifinal play Saturday.

It was Canada’s fourth one-sided victory in as many outings at the Winter Universiade. They finished atop their pool after winning all three of their preliminary-round games, outscoring their opponents 34-1 and outshooting them 204-21.

In the semifinal, Canada led 3-0 at the end of the first period and 5-1 at the end of the second.

Alexandra Labelle of Montreal led Canada with three goals and an assist while single goals were netted by Kaitlin Willoughby of Saskatchewan, Jessica Cormier of Montreal, Erica Rieder of Manitoba, Rachel Marriott of Waterloo and Catherine Dubois of Montreal. Daley Oddy of St. Francis Xavier had three assists while Alanna Sharman of Manitoba had two and Melodie Bouchard of Ottawa, the Western pair of Brianna Iazzolino and Katelyn Gosling, Cormier, Alexandra Poznikoff of Alberta, Kelly Murray of UBC, Kelty Apperson of St. Thomas, Katherine Bailey of the Guelph Gryphons and Kylie Gavelin of Regina each had one assist. Kelly Gribbons of the Gryphons won eight of the 10 faceoffs she took.

Canada outshot the U.S. 58-12. Valerie Lamenta of the Gryphons was the winning netminder and Gryphon head coach Rachel Flanagan is the head coach of the Canadian squad.

Canada advances to Monday’s gold-medal match against Russia after Russia dropped China 10-1 in Saturday’s other semifinal.

  • Guelph Sports Journal