Friday, December 13, 2013

Canada Rolls Over Ukraine At Universiade

TRENTINO, Italy (CIS) – Pierre Vandall from Dalhousie University had a goal and three assists and Nick MacNeil from UNB scored his fifth and sixth of the tournament as the Canadian men’s hockey team improved to 2-0 at the Winter Universiade thanks to an 11-0 win over Ukraine, Friday night.

Bronze medalists in 2011, the Canucks will wrap up pool play Sunday at 2 p.m. EST (8 p.m. Trentino) against Kazakhstan (1-0), the country they edged 3-1 two years ago in the third-place match of the biennial competition.

The Red and White led 3-0 after the opening period and 8-0 after 40 minutes and outshot its opponents 59-14, including 19-1 in the first, 24-5 in the second and 16-8 in the third.
Up by three after the first intermission, the team of AUS conference all-stars put the game away with a five-goal explosion in a span of 6:03 early in the middle frame, including a trio of power play markers.

Vandall, who hails from St. Louis de France, Que., led the way with his four points, followed by MacNeil (2-1-3), Éric Faille of Moncton (2-1-3), Liam Heelis of Acadia (1-2-3), Michael Kirkpatrick of StFX (1-2-3) and defenceman Matthew Maione of UPEI (0-3-3), who tallied three points apiece.
Faille scored the contest’s first two goals, including the game-winner 13:28 in.

Saint Mary’s Cory Tanaka, with two, StFX’s Josh Day and Acadia’s Mike Cazzola rounded out the scoring.

Saint Mary’s netminder Anthony Peters earned the shutout in his first start of the tourney.
At the other end of the ice, Ukrainian goaltender Ievgenii Napnenko was pulled after 20 minutes after allowing three goals on 19 shots. His replacement Andrii Bezkhlibnyi turned aside 32 pucks the rest of the way.

“The key to this tournament is to find ways to get better every day. This is our second game together as a group and we’ve had three practices now so I thought some of the things that we’ve worked on contributed to the success we had in the game,” said Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougall from UNB. “We had some peak performances from some players but overall the whole team has played very well. It’s about team cohesion, getting the chemistry off and on the ice, and right now we are finding ways to get better.”

In 13 previous appearances at the FISU tourney, Canada has reached the podium 12 times, including three gold medals, three silver and six bronze. Its three triumphs came in 2007 when represented by AUS standouts, 1991 (senior national team) and 1981 (Alberta Golden Bears).

SCORING SUMMARY
FIRST PERIOD SCORING:
1. CAN Éric Faille (3) (unassisted), 13:28
2. CAN Éric Faille (4) (Nick MacNeil, Michael Kirkpatrick), 17:18 PP
3. CAN Mike Cazzola (2) (Chris Desousa, Michael D’Orazio), 18:10

SECOND PERIOD
SCORING:
4. CAN Josh Day (1) (Chris Desousa, Matthew Maione), 5:05 PP
5. CAN Pierre Vandall (2) (Josh Day, Matthew Maione), 5:34 PP
6. CAN Nick MacNeil (5) (Liam Heelis), 6:29
7. CAN Cory Tanaka (3) (Pierre Vandall, Michael Kirkpatrick), 8:39
8. CAN Cory Tanaka (4) (Pierre Vandall, Matthew Miaone), 11:08 PP

THIRD PERIOD
SCORING:
9. CAN Liam Heelis (1) (Pierre Vandall), 2:39
10. CAN Nick MacNeil (6) (Mike Cazzola, Liam Heelis), 6:21
11. CAN Michael Kirkpatrick (2) (Éric Faille), 6:32

GOALS (by period)
CAN: 3-5-3: 11
UKR: 0-0-0: 0

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CAN: 19-24-16: 59
UKR: 1-5-8: 14

POWER PLAY:
CAN: 4-9
UKR: 0-4

GOALTENDERS
CAN – Anthony Peters (W, 1-0, 14 shots, 14 saves, 0 GA, 60:00)
UKR – Ievgenii Napnenko (L, 0-2, 19 shots, 16 saves, 3 GA, 20:00)
UKR – Andrii Bezkhlibnyi (40 shots, 32 saves, 8 GA, 40:00)