Sunday, December 29, 2013

V-Reds Rip Tommies In Pete Kelly Challenge

Despite having five regulars out of the line-up the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds throttled the visiting St. Thomas Tommies 9-1 this afternoon at the AUC in the 9th annual Pete Kelly Challenge. The V-Reds scored 3 goals in each period en route to the lopsided victory.

Scoring for the V-Reds were Tim Priamo, Philippe Maillet, Jordan Murray, Cam Critchlow (2), Mike Thomas, Thomas Nesbitt, Cam MacLise, and Shea Kewin.   

- The Varsity Reds played without Antoine Houde-Caron as well as the four players who represented Canada at the Winter Universiade - Chris Culligan, Tyler Carroll, Nick MacNeil, and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers. New recruits Ben Duffy and Philippe Halley were both in the line-up.

- Shots were  32-23 in favour of UNB.

- Charles Lavigne and Joel Vienneau split the duties in goal with Lavigne turning aside everything directed his way.

- The game's three stars were Tim Priamo, Mike Thomas, and Cam Critchlow. 

- According to Bill Hunt of the Daily Gleaner it will be Philippe Halley taking the final roster spot for this season while Ben Duffy will be forced to sit out until September. Give Duffy a ton of credit for honouring his prior commitment and still decide to join the Varsity Reds given the circumstances with regards to the roster cap.

- The Varsity Reds resume regular season action this upcoming weekend when they head to Nova Scotia for tilts against the Saint Mary's Huskies on Friday night and the St. FX X-Men the following evening. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Duffy, Halley Return To UNB

Bill Hunt of the Daily Gleaner has reported that forwards Ben Duffy and Philippe Halley, both recruited over the summer before pursuing professional options, have decided to re-join the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hockey program.

Duffy, a 5'10'', 165 pound native of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, put up 81, 82, and 110 point seasons in his last three years of junior hockey for the PEI Rocket. Meanwhile, Halley, a 5'9'' and 158 pound native of Quebec, posted 78 and 79 point campaigns in his last two years for Victoriaville of the QMJHL. These additions should strengthen what is already a formidable forward group.

Both players are expected to be in the line-up tomorrow afternoon for the exhibition game against STU (game time of 4PM). The one wrinkle in all of this, however, is the fact that due to this year's new roster cap only one will  be allowed to play the remainder of the year since the Varsity Reds have already used 21 out of their 22 allowed roster spots. This will create an interesting competition between the two tomorrow with both trying to impress enough to be added to the roster for the 2nd half of the season.

Welcome (back) to UNB, Ben and Philippe!



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Canada Overwhelms, Frustrates Kazakhstan To Claim Gold

(Photo courtesy www.universiadetrentino.org)
 
(TRENTINO, Italy) – Team captain Chris Culligan from the University of New Brunswick had two goals and an assist as Canada dominated Kazakhstan 6-2 to capture its fourth Winter Universiade men's hockey title, Saturday afternoon at the Gianmario Scola Arena in Canazei, Italy.

The team of all-stars from the Atlantic University Sport conference, which edged defending two-time champion Russia 2-1 in Friday's semifinals, wraps up the biennial tournament with a 5-1 overall mark. The only blemish on its record was a 4-2 round-robin loss to Kazakhstan last Sunday.

Today's final was also a rematch of the 2011 bronze-medal game in Erzurum, Turkey, won 3-1 by Canada.

The Canadian men, who have now claimed 13 medals (4-3-6) in 14 all-time appearances at the event, had previously triumphed at the FISU Games in 1981 in Jaca, Spain (University of Alberta Golden Bears), 1991 in Sapporo, Japan (senior national team) and 2007 in Turin, Italy (AUS all-stars).

"It's an unbelievable feeling. What can you say?," said Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougall from UNB, who was an assistant coach with the 2007 gold medal-winning squad. "We had a slogan BIW and the guys figured it out as we went on our journey – be the best in the world. How often do you become the best in the world in anything you do? In this case, this is a Canadian passion, hockey. The guys should be very, very proud.

"AUS coaches should be very proud of their players that represented our conference, CIS and the country. To add to that, it's a special time of year, it's Christmas. December is synonymous in Canada for international hockey and hopefully we can set the trend for the world juniors and the Olympics because we have 28 proud Canadians here in Italy that's for sure."

Culligan, a forward from Howie Center, N.S., scored five minutes into the second period to give Canada a commanding 4-1 lead and sealed the victory early in the final frame with his third of the competition.

"Like I said yesterday, the last two games we've been coming along really well as a group, the chemistry's been great both off and on the ice. We came out and made it simple for ourselves, took advantage of our chances probably as good as we have had all tournament. For us to do that in this tournament is pretty special.

"It's great to be a world champion. It's one of those things where everyone has to come together in such a short time, one of those things you can't really explain. It's a feeling you get, it's something you'll never forget and to do it with these guys and to be the person that represents them as their captain is such an honour. I'm really, really trilled right now!"

Tyler Carroll of Strathroy, Ont., who had a goal and a helper in Friday's semifinal win, set up his UNB teammate on Culligan's first of the contest.

"It's amazing what we've accomplished in these two weeks, it really is. We all come from different schools, from rival schools, but we all came together and made it happen. We will be rivals again next month but this two-week journey has been quite something, now we are world champions. It's a feeling you can't really describe, I'm just happy to have been a part of it."

The gold-medal final was a stark contrast to Friday's defensive battle against Russia.

Kazakhstan stunned Canada with a goal only 14 seconds in but the AUS standouts responded with three markers in a span of three minutes and 37 seconds to take a 3-1 lead after only 7:16 of play.

The Canadians all but put the game away with two more unanswered goals in the second period and added one more early in the third before their rivals found the back of the net again.

Taking advantage of its opponent's lack of discipline, the Red & White connected twice on 11 power-play opportunities, both times with two men up, and finished with a 54-21 advantage in shots on goal, including a 26-10 margin in the first, 18-5 in the second and 10-6 in the third.

Unfortunately, things got out of hands in the final stanza and when it was all said and done, eight players had received game misconducts, including three Canadians. Kazakhstan's head coach and his assistant were also sent back to the locker room early.

The ice was barely dry when Yevgeniy Rymarev sent a pass from the right corner to Alexandr Shin, who opened the scoring with his first of two on the afternoon.

Mike Cazzola, an Acadia University forward from Guelph, Ont., put Canada on the board at 3:39, sliding the puck between Andrey Yankov's pads at the end of a breakaway.

StFX's Josh Day, a defenceman from St. John's, sent a rebound past Yankov at 5:25 to give the Canucks their first lead of the game and UPEI rearguard Matthew Maione of Unionville, Ont., made it 3-1 at 7:16 when his long-range shot was deflected to the back of the net.

Culligan made it a three-goal affair 5:24 into the middle frame on a one-timer off a perfect feed from Carroll. Seven minutes later, during a 5-on-3, it was the captain's turn to set up one of his UNB teammates as he assisted on Nick MacNeil's tournament-leading seventh at 12:03.

Culligan scored Canada's second 5-on-3 goal of the day 8:32 into the third, and Shin rounded out the scoring for Kazakhstan with a power play marker at 12:27.

Saint Mary's netminder Anthony Peters of Blyth, Ont., turned aside 19 pucks for his fourth win in as many starts at the competition. Yankov was spectacular in a losing cause with 48 saves.

GAME NOTES: Rymarev (7-7-14), Shin (4-9-13) and MacNeil of Creignish, N.S. (7-3-10) finished 1-2-3 in tournament scoring... Moncton forward Éric Faille (5-5-10) also tallied 10 points during the six-game event... In three appearances at the tournament, AUS all-stars have now claimed to gold (2013, 2007) and one silver (2001)... The Canadian men's triumph came 24 hours after Canada's 5-0 win over Russia in the women's hockey gold-medal final... The entire red and white women's hockey team, led by head coach Howie Draper from the University of Alberta, was among the many Canadian in the crowd for the men's final.

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST PERIOD
SCORING:
1. KAZ Alexandr Shin (3) (Yevgeniy Rymarev), 0:14
2. CAN Mike Cazzola (3) (Michael D'Orazio), 3:39
3. CAN Josh Day (2) (Lucas Bloodoff), 5:25
4. CAN Matthew Maione (1) (Cory Tanaka), 7:16
PENALTIES:
Viktor Ivashin (KAZ) hooking, 8:58;
Alexandr Lipin (KAZ) interference, 9:44;
Chris Desousa (CAN) interference, 12:32;
Matthew Maione (CAN) boarding, 14:17.

SECOND PERIOD
SCORING:
5. CAN Chris Culligan (2) (Tyler Carroll, Éric Faille), 5:24
6. CAN Nick MacNeil (7) (Chris Culligan, Christopher Owens), 12:03 PP2
PENALTIES:
Alexandr Kaznacheyev (KAZ) tripping, 2:16;
Alexandr Kaznacheyev (KAZ) checking to the head, 5-minute major, 7:28;
Alexandr Kaznacheyev (KAZ) game misconduct, 7:28;
Tyler Carroll (CAN) cross-checking, 7:28;
Mike Cazzola (CAN) hooking, 8:06;
Alexey Vorontsov (KAZ) spearing, 5-minute major, 10:54;
Alexey Vorontsov (KAZ) game misconduct, 10:54;
Alexandr Lipin (KAZ) charging, 15:46;
Konstantin Savenkov (KAZ) hooking, 18:11;
Alexandr Shin (KAZ) 10-minute misconduct, 18:11.

THIRD PERIOD
SCORING:
7. CAN Chris Culligan (3) (Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, Josh Day), 8:32 PP2
8. KAZ Alexandr Shin (4) (Rodion Zharkikh, Yevgeniy Rymarev), 12:27 PP
PENALTIES:
Artem Ignatenko (KAZ) slashing, 3:58;
Konstantin Savenkov (KAZ) boarding, 5:41;
Leonid Metalnikov (KAZ) delay of game, 7:49;
Konstantin Savenkov (KAZ) slashing, 8:16;
Michael D'Orazio (CAN) holding, 11:16;
Cory Tanaka (CAN) charging, 12:27;
Rob Slaney (CAN) hooking, 14:23;
Chris Desousa (CAN) roughing, 5-minute major, 14:23;
Chris Desousa (CAN) game misconduct, 14:23;
Georgiy Petrov (KAZ) roughing, 5-minute major, 14:23;
Georgiy Petrov (KAZ) game misconduct, 14:23;
Rodion Zharkikh (KAZ) roughing, 5-minute major, 18:05;
Rodion Zharkikh (KAZ) game misconduct, 18:05;
Nick MacNeil (CAN) roughing, 5-minute major, 18:05;
Nick MacNeil (CAN) game misconduct, 18:05;
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (CAN) boarding, 19:11;
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (CAN) roughing, 5-minute major, 19:11;
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (CAN) game misconduct, 19:11;
Damir Ramazanov (KAZ) roughing, 5-minute major, 19:11;
Damir Ramazanov (KAZ) game misconduct, 19:11;
Andrey Yankov (KAZ) delay of game, 19:11.

GOALS (by period)
CAN: 3-2-1: 6
KAZ: 1-0-1: 2

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CAN: 26-18-10: 54
KAZ: 10-5-6: 21

POWER PLAY:
CAN: 2-11
KAZ: 1-6

GOALTENDERS
CAN – Anthony Peters (W, 4-0, 21 shots, 19 saves, 2 GA, 60:00)
KAZ – Andrey Yankov (L, 4-1, 54 shots, 48 saves, 6 GA, 60:00)

REFEREES: Lars Johan Hall (SWE), Marian Rohatsch (GER)
LINESMEN: Gustav Jonsson (SWE), Frederic Monnaie (BEL)
ATTENDANCE: 2,600

Source: CIS Communications

Friday, December 20, 2013

Canada Edges Russia, Advance To Tomorrow's Final

TRENTINO, Italy (CIS) – Tyler Carroll from the University of New Brunswick had a goal and an assist as the Canadian men’s hockey team advanced to the gold-medal final at the Winter Universiade thanks to a 2-1 semifinal victory over defending two-time champion Russia, Friday afternoon.

It was a remarkable win for the team comprised of Atlantic University Sport all-stars, who were facing a powerful opponent which entered the contest with an unblemished 4-0 record, having outscored its rivals by a 25-3 margin in the process. The Russian lineup includes 11 players with KHL experience, nine of them currently skating in the league.

Canada (4-1) will face either Kazakhstan or the United States in the championship match Saturday at 8:30 a.m. EST (2:30 p.m. Trentino), live on www.fisu.tv.

The Canucks are 3-3 in six previous appearances in the FISU final, including triumphs in 1981, 1991 and 2007, the latter a 3-1 win over Russia when the country was also represented by AUS standouts in Italy (Turin).

Today’s result also ensures the Red and White will return home with a medal for the 13th time in 14 trips to the biennial tournament.

“One of the keys was that we got a chance to get the lead. When you have a quality opponent, and you know it going to be a tight game, it’s critical. We did that and we protected it,” said Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougal from UNB, who was an assistant coach with the 2007 gold-medal winning squad. “We got a chance to extend it in the third, which turned out to be the game-winning goal.”

Carroll, a forward from Strathroy, Ont., who has helped MacDougall’s UNB Varsity Reds capture a pair of University Cups over the last three years, opened the scoring with 17 seconds left in the first period and assisted on Université de Moncton forward Éric Faille’s game-winner 34 seconds into the third.

“Hats off to our group, we had a lot of character performance. Our penalty kill was exceptional and found a way to shut them down. When the PK is as effective as that, you’re going to find a way to be successful,” MacDougall added. “That being said, it’s a quick turnaround. We need a good supper in us and then get excited for a lifetime opportunity. Anytime you get a chance to win a world championship, it’s an amazing opportunity, so we look forward to that tomorrow.”

After going a perfect 9-for-9 in a 6-0 quarter-final win over Slovakia on Wednesday, Canada’s penalty kill unit was perfect in seven situations against Russia, including in the final 77 seconds of the game after UNB’s Nick MacNeil was called high-sticking.

“We were pretty excited to have that match-up [against Russia] going into the game tonight with the history the way it is between the two countries, and for us to have our own chance to add to that history was pretty exciting,” said team captain Chris Culligan of Howie Center, N.S., also from UNB. “We had a plan going into the game, that was just to simplify our game, to play hard, to play the Canadian way. Every player bought it and everyone was willing to sacrifice whatever they could to ensure we had success tonight. The last few games we really started coming together as a group and that just built up to where we are getting to right now.

“We’re hoping a lot of our fellow Canadian athletes will come up to cheer us on tomorrow. That would be great. There will be a lot of emotion there. Whoever the opponent is, we will be ready to jump with the support of the other Canadians.”

Canada played a strong all-around game and outshot its powerful rivals 38-20 overall, including 15-8 in the first frame, 14-6 in the second and 9-6 in the third.

The Canadians had numerous opportunities to take an early lead but were blanked on three power play opportunities in the first 10 minutes of the contest. They would finish 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

In the dying moments of the opening stanza, however, Carroll deflected a shot from UNB teammate Marc-Antoine Desnoyers of Saint-Hippolyte, Que., to send his troops to the locker room with a 1-0 advantage.

The Russians had a glorious chance to tie the affair midway through the second period but Saint Mary’s goaltender Anthony Peters stopped them on a three-on-one rush.

Canada’s best chance of the middle frame came on the penalty kill with 52 seconds left when Alex Wall was sent on a breakaway, but the UPEI forward was stoned by netminder Danila Alistratov.

The Canucks got the all-important second goal early in the third when Carroll took the puck away from a defenceman behind the Russian net and sent it in front to Faille, who made no mistake and buried his fifth of the tourney.

Pavel Kopytin, who currently plays for Atlant Moscow Oblast in the KHL, made things interesting with 1:50 remaining in regulation, cutting the deficit to one with a perfect shot high to Peters’ stick side.

MacNeil was called for high-sticking 33 seconds later but the PK saved the day and sent Team Canada to the final.

Kopytin’s goal was the first allowed by Peters in three starts at the competition. The product of Blyth, Ont., is now 3-0 with two shutouts, a 0.33 goals against average and a .980 save percentage.

GAME NOTES: Canada suffered its lone loss of the tournament to Kazakhstan, a 4-2 round-robin defeat on Sunday, and has not faced the USA so far in Trentino... Canada and Russia have now faced off six times at the last five Universiades, with the Russians holding a 3-2-1 edge over that period... In addition to the 2007 triumph by the AUS all-stars, Canada’s FISU titles in men’s hockey came courtesy of the senior national team in 1991 (Sapporo, Japan) and the University of Alberta Golden Bears in 1981 (Jaca, Spain).

SCORING SUMMARY 

FIRST PERIOD
SCORING:
1. CAN Tyler Carroll (4) (Marc-Antoine Desnoyers), 19:43
PENALTIES:
Andrey Demidov (RUS) tripping, 3:35;
Andrey Demidov (RUS) high-sticking, 5:57;
Vadim Mitriakov (RUS) high-sticking, 7:55;
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (CAN) hooking, 16: 21.

SECOND PERIOD
SCORING:
(no scoring)
PENALTIES:
Rob Slaney (CAN) slashing, 0:29;
Simon Lacroix (CAN) slashing, 6:17;
Michael Kirkpatrick (CAN) hooking, 17:28.

THIRD PERIOD
SCORING:
2. CAN Éric Faille (5) (Tyler Carroll), 0:34
3. RUS Pavel Kopytin (4) (Alexander Shscherbina, Egor Kutugin), 18:10
PENALTIES:
Cory Tanaka (CAN) high-sticking, 1:45;
Alex Wall (CAN) holding, 7:41;
Kirill Polyanskiy (RUS) roughing, 14:24;
Nick MacNeil (CAN) high-sticking, 18:43.

GOALS (by period)
CAN: 1-0-1: 2
RUS: 0-0-1: 1

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CAN: 15-14-9: 38
RUS: 8-6-6: 20

POWER PLAY:
CAN: 0-4
RUS: 0-7

GOALTENDERS
CAN – Anthony Peters (W, 3-0, 20 shots, 19 saves, 1 GA, 60:00)
RUS – Danila Alistratov (L, 3-1, 38 shots, 36 saves, 2 GA, 59:16)
RUS – Empty net (0:44)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Canada Advances at Universiade

RENTINO, Italy (CIS) – Tyler Carroll scored two goals while Chris Culligan and Éric Faille tallied three points apiece as the Canadian men’s hockey team qualified for the semifinals at the Winter Universiade thanks to a 6-0 quarter-final win over Slovakia, Wednesday night.

The result sets up yet another meeting at the biennial tournament between Canada and archrival Russia, Friday at 10:30 a.m. EST (4:30 p.m. Trentino) in the early Final Four matchup. The second semi will see the United States battle Kazakhstan at 2:30 p.m. EST. Both games are streamed live at www.fisu.tv.

In today’s other quarter-finals, Russia (4-0) beat the Czech Republic 5-1, the USA (3-1) shut out Italy 5-0 and Kazakhstan (4-0) dominated Latvia 6-1.

The Canadians and Russians – the two-time defending champions - have met at each of the last four FISU tourneys. Russia prevailed 4-2 in the 2011 semis, 4-2 in the 2009 gold-medal match and 6-0 in pool play in 2005, while the Canucks triumphed 3-1 in the 2007 final to capture their third Universiade title.

In 13 previous appearances at the competition, Canada has reached the podium 12 times, including three gold medals (2007, 1991, 1981), three silver and six bronze.

“Any time you get Canada and Russia, it’s going to be great for hockey fans,” said Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougall from the reigning CIS champion University of New Brunswick. “You have two very good teams and it will be exciting.

“The whole point of this tournament is to get better every game and it’s not always going to be a straight line. Maybe the performance in the last game allowed us to go up two steps today instead of one. We had more urgency, were more business-like. We played the way we have to play, we have to play Canadian hockey but we have to be disciplined and take less penalties. Special teams hurt us the last game, special teams won us the game tonight.”

After dropping a 4-2 decision to Kazakhstan on Monday in their third and last preliminary round contest, the Atlantic University Sport all-stars rebounded with a solid all-around game against Slovakia.

The Red & White outshot its rivals 47-17 overall, including 16-5 in the first period, 16-5 in the second and 15-7 in the third, and was leading 3-0 after 20 minutes and 4-0 heading into the second intermission.

Liam Heelis, an Acadia University forward from Georgetown, Ont., opened the scoring on the power play 7:09 into the duel.

Carroll, who skates for UNB and hails from Strathroy, Ont., and Chris Desousa of UPEI then gave Canada a comfortable 3-0 cushion with two goals in a span of 22 seconds, at 15:00 and 15:22.
Lucas Bloodoff of Saint Mary’s made it 4-0 late in the second, with Culligan and Carroll rounding out the scoring midway through the third.

It was the first of the tournament for UNB’s Culligan, the team captain from Howie Center, N.S., who finished with a goal and two assists. Faille, a Moncton forward from Lachine, Que., racked up three helpers.

While the Canadians were held to one goal in seven man advantages, the penalty killing unit was perfect on nine occasions, including a trio of 5-on-3 situations.

Making his second start of the competition, Saint Mary’s netminder Anthony Peters turned aside 17 shots to earn the shutout. His opponent Igor Cibula was solid in a losing effort with 41 saves.

GAME NOTES: UNB’s Nick MacNeil (6-3-9) picked up an assist against Slovakia and is currently tied with Kazakhstan’s Yevgeniy Rymarev (5-4-9) for the tournament scoring lead with nine points... A trio of Canadians shares third place with eight points, including Faille (4-4-8), Acadia’s Mike Cazzola (2-6-8) and StFX’s Michael Kirkpatrick (2-6-8)... Canada’s three triumphs in Universiade men’s hockey came courtesy of AUS standouts in 2007 (Turin, Italy), the senior national team in 1991 (Sapporo, Japan) and the University of Alberta Golden Bears in 1981 (Jaca, Spain).

SCORING SUMMARY
 FIRST PERIOD
SCORING:
1. CAN Liam Heelis (2) (Nick MacNeil), 7:09 PP
2. CAN Tyler Carroll (2) (Chris Culligan, Éric Faille), 15:00
3. CAN Chris Desousa (1) (Cory Tanaka, Michael Kirkpatrick), 15:22
PENALTIES:
Martin Kalinac (SVK) hooking, 1:33;
Jakub Loydl (SVK) hooking, 7:02;
Miroslav Habsuda (SVK) charging, 11:09;
Martin Baran (SVK) tripping, 15:37;
Chris Desousa (CAN) hooking, 17:49;
Simon Lacroix (CAN) slashing, 18:14.

SECOND PERIOD
SCORING:
4. CAN Lucas Bloodoff (2) (Cory Tanaka, Michael Kirkpatrick), 15:45
PENALTIES:
Tyler Carroll (CAN) tripping, 4:16;
Cory Tanaka (CAN) tripping, 4:55;
Éric Faille (CAN) delay of game, 17:09;
Matthew Maione (CAN) delay of game, 17:15.

THIRD PERIOD
SCORING:
5. CAN Chris Culligan (1) (Alex Wall, Éric Faille), 9:15
6. CAN Tyler Carroll (3) (Éric Faille, Chris Culligan), 12:20
PENALTIES:
Miroslav Habsuda (SVK) slashing, 2:06;
Miroslav Habsuda (SVK) clipping, 7:21;
Simon Lacroix (CAN) slashing, 8:55;
Peter Cizek (SVK) hooking, 13:04;
Éric Faille (CAN) diving, 13:04;
Jakub Loydl (SVK) hooking, 16:55;
Lucas Bloodoff (CAN) slashing, 19:29.

GOALS (by period)
CAN: 3-1-2: 6
SVK: 0-0-0: 0

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CAN: 16-16-15: 47
SVK: 5-5-7: 17

POWER PLAY:
CAN: 1-7
SVK: 0-9

GOALTENDERS
CAN – Anthony Peters (W, 2-0, 17 shots, 17 saves, 0 GA, 60:00)
SVK – Igor Cibula (L, 2-1, 47 shots, 41 saves, 6 GA, 60:00)




Sunday, December 15, 2013

Canada Loses To Kazakhstan, Finishes 2nd In Pool

(TRENTINO, Italy) – The Canadian men's hockey team suffered its first setback at the Winter Universiade dropping a 4-2 decision to Kazakhstan in its third and final preliminary round game, Sunday evening.

Kazakhstan (3-0) and Canada (2-1) finish first and second in Pool C, respectively, and both advance to the quarter-finals of the biennial competition on Dec. 18. Their next opponents will be decided once pool play wraps up on Monday.

After opening the 12-team tournament with convincing wins over Japan, 12-1, and Ukraine, 11-0, the Canucks were brought back to earth by a rival they had defeated 3-1 in the bronze-medal match two years ago in Turkey.

Special teams played a key role in today's contest as Kazakhstan scored twice on eight power play opportunities and added a short-handed marker, while the team of Atlantic University Sport all-stars went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

The Red and White got off to a good start and was leading 1-0 after the opening period thanks to Tyler Carroll's first of the tourney at the 13:31 mark. The native of Strathroy, Ont., completed a play initiated by his University of New Brunswick teammate, team captain Chris Culligan.

The wheels fell off the Canadian wagon in the middle frame however as Kazakhstan responded with three unanswered goals and outshot the AUS squad 9-2.

Leonid Metalnikov tied the affair 32 seconds into the period during a power play. Nikita Kovzalov made it 2-1 at 9:22, and Yevgeniy Rymarev doubled Kazakhstan's lead with 2:34 left before the break while his team was playing man down.

Team Canada refused to go down without a fight and got back to within one 4:57 into the third. Moncton defenceman Simon Lacroix of Orleans, Ont., scored his first assisted by Saint Mary's Cory Tanaka and StFX's Rob Slaney.

Despite a 13-10 shot advantage in the period, the Canucks couldn't find the equalizer and Rymarev put the game away with 1:33 remaining, once again with the man advantage.

Making his second start of the competition, UPEI netminder Wayne Savage made 22 saves in the loss. His opponent Andrey Yankov also turned aside 22 pucks to improve his record to 2-0.

"We had a lead after the first and had some good opportunities but fell behind in the second. When you have one-goal games like that, special teams are often the indicator, and tonight we gave up a short-handed goal and two power play goals. It turned out to be the separator," said Canadian head coach Gardiner MacDougall from UNB. "We've had two outstanding games and tonight we faced a really good opponent. We have to use the adversity as a stepping stone to get to another level of the tournament."

GAME NOTES: Despite their special team struggles against Kazakhstan, the Canadians are ranked second in the tournament on the power play with seven goals in 19 opportunities (36.84%) and are fifth in penalty killing with three goals allowed in 14 short-handed situations (78.57%)... Kazakhstan ranks fifth on the power play (25%) and fourth on the penalty kill (86.67%)... 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 Tyler Carroll (1) (Chris Culligan), 13:31
PENALTIES:
Mike Cazzola (CAN) slashing, 1:13;
Rodion Zharkikh (KAZ) cross-checking, 7:05;
Konstantin Savenkov (KAZ) cross-checking, 11:48;
Michael Kirkpatrick (CAN) tripping, 13:08;
Cory Tanaka (CAN) high sticking, 19:05.

SECOND PERIOD
SCORING:
2. KAZ Leonid Metalnikov (1) (Alexandr Shin, Yevgeniy), 0:32 PP
3. KAZ Nikita Kovzalov (1) (Alexey Grichshenko, Pavel Zhilin), 9:22
4. KAZ Yevgeniy Rymarev (3) (Alexandr Shin), 17:26 SH
PENALTIES:
Georgiy Petrov (KAZ) hooking, 1:46;
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (CAN) tripping, 10:31;
Matthew Maione (CAN) cross-checking, 12:29;
Alexandr Kaznacheyev (KAZ) hooking, 16:52.

THIRD PERIOD
SCORING:
5. CAN Simon Lacroix (1) (Cory Tanaka, Rob Slaney), 4:57
6. KAZ Yevgeniy Rymarev (4) (Leonid Metalnikov), 18:27 PP
PENALTIES:
Tyler Carroll (CAN) tripping, 10:09;
Rob Slaney (CAN) slashing, 18:04;
Wayne Savage (CAN), interference (served by Mike Cazzola), 19:38.

GOALS (by period)
KAZ: 0-3-1: 4
CAN: 1-0-1: 2

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
KAZ: 7-9-10: 26
CAN: 9-2-13: 24

POWER PLAY:
KAZ: 2-8
CAN: 0-4

GOALTENDERS
KAZ – Andrey Yankov (W, 2-0, 24 shots, 22 saves, 2 GA, 60:00)
CAN – Wayne Savage (L, 1-1, 26 shots, 22 saves, 4 GA, 60:00)

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)



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Team Canada Thumps Japan In Universiade Opener

UPDATE: The AUS website has a game recap posted.

Team Canada got off to a big start at the 2013 Winter Universiade as they cruised to a 12-1 win over Team Japan this afternoon. Canada held period leads of 5-1 and 6-1, and out-shot the Japanese 58-16 in the rout.

UNB forward Nick MacNeil led the way for Canada with 4 goals and an assist while line-mate Mike Cazzola picked up a goal and 5 helpers. Alex Wall (3 assists), Robert Slaney (3 assists), Josh Day (3 assists), Michael Kirkpatrick (1 goal, 2 assists), Eric Faille (2 goals), and Christopher Owens (2 assists) all had multiple point outings. V-Reds Tyler Carroll and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers each picked up an assist while Chris Culligan was, surprisingly, held off of the score-sheet. UPEI netminder Wayne Savage picked up the win in goal.

Up next for Team Canada is Ukraine on December 13th.


Culligan Named Captain Of Team Canada

(Ottawa, Ont.) – Chris Culligan, a forward from the reigning CIS champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, has been named captain of the Canadian men's hockey team for the 26th Winter Universiade, a few hours before the start of the biennial tournament in Trentino, Italy.

Canada heads into the competition as reigning bronze medallist thanks to a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in the third-place match of the 2011 tourney in Erzurum, Turkey. The Canucks had previously dropped a 4-2 decision to defending two-time champion Russia in the semifinals.

An all-star team comprised entirely of players from the Atlantic University Sport conference will wear the maple leaf jersey on their chests in Trentino. Since 1997, Canada has been represented at the Games in men's hockey by each of the three CIS leagues on a rotating basis and AUS standouts have been successful in each of their two previous trips to the event, returning home with silver in 2001 (Zakopane, Poland) and gold in 2007 (Turin, Italy).

Culligan's alternate captains in Italy will be defenceman Matthew Maione from UPEI and forwards Liam Heelis of Acadia, Robert Slaney from St. Francis Xavier and Cory Tanaka of Saint Mary's. All five are either captain or alternate on their AUS team.

Canada opens the Universiade tournament against Japan Tuesday at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EST).

"We are very fortunate to have a number of top notch leaders with our group and we believe leadership is a responsibility shared by all," said Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougall, who has led UNB to four CIS titles in the past seven years and who was an assistant coach with the Universiade gold medal-winning team in 2007. "However, these selected players will have the honour and privilege of captaining a national team in a world championship event and we are confident that these special athletes will do an amazing job representing not only our team but our country both on and off the ice."

Culligan, who hails from Howie Centre, N.S., is the current captain of the Varsity Reds and also wore the C in his final season with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, with whom he spent his entire five-year QMJHL career. In his fifth and final university campaign, the 6-foot, 195-pound senior leads the reigning national champs in goals (10) and points (16) at the halfway mark of the 28-game schedule. He helped UNB claim the University Cup in 2011 and 2013 and is the all-time scoring leader among active AUS players with 147 points (47-100-147) in 105 conference matches.

Maione currently ranks second among AUS defencemen with 12 points in as many contests. The fourth-year rearguard from Toronto played his major junior hockey with Niagara and Guelph in the OHL.

Heelis leads the AUS in scoring at the December break with a 13-9-22 mark in 14 games. The third-year forward from Georgetown, Ont., is also a veteran of the OHL, with Peterborough and Owen Sound.

Slaney was a four-year teammate of Culligan with Cape Breton in the QMJHL and spent three seasons in the AHL with Toronto, Milwaukee and Hamilton before making his university debut with StFX this fall. The native of Portugal Cove, Nfld., is the X-Men's top scorer this season with 14 points in 13 outings.

Tanaka led Saint Mary's to the first University Cup title in program history in his rookie campaign in 2009-10 and currently has 11 points in 14 contests in his fifth and final season with the team. The product of Stouffville, Ont., played five years in the OHL with Plymouth and Belleville.

In 13 all-time appearances at the Universiade tournament, Canada has tallied an impressive 12 medals, including three gold, three silver and six bronze. In addition to the title won by AUS all-stars in 2007, the red and white was crowned in 1991 in Sapporo, Japan, while represented by the senior national squad, and in 1981 in Jaca, Spain, when the University of Alberta Golden Bears wore the maple leaf uniform.

Twelve teams will compete for FISU gold in Trentino, including Canada, Japan Ukraine and Kazakhstan in Pool A, Russia, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Pool B, as well as Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the United States in Pool C. The top two squads from each group and the top two third-place finishers advance to the quarter-finals.

Following their opener against Japan on Tuesday night, the Canadians will wrap up the preliminary round versus Ukraine on Friday and Kazakhstan Sunday. The quarterfinals are set for Dec. 18, the semis for Dec. 20 and the gold-medal final for Dec. 21.



Thursday, December 5, 2013

CIS Top Ten (#9): A New #1

OTTAWA (CIS) – For the first time in 17 years, the University of Calgary Dinos are the team to beat in CIS men’s hockey.

After spending the last two weeks at No. 2, the Dinos (15-0-1) received 16 of 17 first-place votes and 169 points this week from the national media panel to move past their archrivals, the Alberta Golden Bears (14-2), who had led the first eight polls of the campaign and who drop to second place this week after tallying the remaining first-place nod and 149 points.

The Dinos had last reached the top of the CIS charts in the fall of 1996, when they held the pole position for first straight weeks (Oct. 20 to Nov. 25 polls).

There is also movement right behind the two leaders in the new Top 10 as the Acadia Axemen (11-1-2) gain one position to reach a season-high No. 3, while the defending University Cup
champion UNB Varsity Reds (11-2-1) slide to the fourth spot, their lowest ranking this fall.

Rounding out the final poll of the fall semester are the No. 5 McGill Redmen (11-3-1 / no change), No. 6 UQTR Patriotes (11-4 / no change), No. 7 Lakehead Thunderwolves (11-3 / no change), No. 8 Queen’s Gaels (10-0-5 / no change), as well as the No. 9 Windsor Lancers (11-4) and No. 10 Ryerson Rams (10-5), both unranked last Tuesday.

Top-ranked Calgary resumed its domination of Canada West opponents last weekend with a convincing two-game sweep against Regina, 8-2 and 9-0. The only blemish on the Dinos’ conference record so far this season is a 3-2 shootout loss to Alberta on Nov. 23.

Alberta couldn’t quite keep pace with its provincial rivals over the weekend, dropping a 5-4 decision to Manitoba on Saturday after dominating the Bisons 8-1 in Friday’s series opener. The Bears trail the Dinos by three points in the Canada West standings heading into the December break.

The race for first place is even tighter in the other CIS divisions at the end of the first semester.
In the AUS, Acadia defeated UNB 5-1 on home ice on Saturday to build a slim one-point lead over last year’s national champs going into the break.

In the OUA East, Queen’s leads the way with 25 points, followed by McGill (23), UQTR (22) and Ottawa (21).

In the OUA West, Lakehead and Windsor are tied for first with 22 points, two more than Ryerson and Toronto.

The next CIS men’s hockey rankings will be release on January 7.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#9)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men’s Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes)

1. Calgary (15-0-1) / 169 points (16) / (2)
2. Alberta (14-2-0) / 149 (1) / (1)
3. Acadia (11-1-2) / 140 / (4)
4. UNB (11-2-1) / 118 / (3)
5. McGill (11-3-1) / 97 / (5)
6. UQTR (11-4-0) / 67 / (6)
7. Lakehead (11-3-0) / 64 / (7)
8. Queen’s (10-0-5) / 57 / (8)
9. Windsor (11-4-0) / 43 / (NR)
10. Ryerson (10-5-0) / 9 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Moncton (6), Western (6), Saskatchewan (4), Ottawa (3), UPEI (2), StFX (1).