Winter Universiade Team Canada roundup & results
ERZURUM, Turkey (CIS) – The women’s hockey team collected Canada’s first gold medal of the 25th Winter Universiade on Saturday, while the men’s hockey team fell in the semifinals and Canadian athletes resumed competition in alpine skiing, biathlon and cross country skiing.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter
2011 Winter Universiade website: http://www.erzurum2011.gov.tr/english
In women’s hockey, Canada (7-0) successfully defended its FISU title thanks to a 4-1 victory over Finland (5-1-1). Canada had also claimed gold in 2009 when the sport made its World University Games debut in Harbin, China. See separate game recap for women’s hockey.
In men’s hockey, the Canadians (3-1-1) dropped a heart-breaking 4-2 decision to defending champion Russia (5-0) in the semifinal round. Canada will battle for bronze against Kazakhstan (3-1-1) Sunday at 4:30 a.m. ET, while Russia will face Belarus (5-0) in the final at 8 a.m. ET. See separate game recap for men’s hockey.
In biathlon, Kathryn Stone of Grand Praire, Alta., was the lone Canadian participant in the women’s 12.5 km mass start. Stone finished 16th overall with a time of 46:35.4, which was just over four minutes back of the leader.
On the men’s side, Jon Skinstad of Camrose, Alta., was 25th in the 15km mass start event. He finished the race in 48:00.4.
In alpine skiing, two Canadians had top-20 finishes in the women’s slalom. Kendall Brown of Toronto led the red-and-white with a time of 1:50.08 that put her 18th overall, while Rebecca Nadler of Ottawa was 21st in 1:50.30.
The final alpine event, the downhill slalom, will take place on Sunday.
In the cross country skiing mass start events, the Canadian women were led by Laurentian University’s Mary Thompson of Woodstock, Ont., who finished the 15 km race in 24th position with a time of 51:03.6. University of Calgary student Anthony Killick of Fort McMurray, Alta., led the men’s contingent on 30 km with a 28th place finish (1:27:47).
TEAM CANADA RESULTS: Saturday, February 5
1. Sterling Grant, USA, 1:44.28; 2. Aleksandra Klus-Zamiedzowy, Poland, 1:44.42; 3. Jana Gantnerova, Slovakia, 1:44.66; 18. Kendall Brown, Toronto, Ont., 1:50.08; 21. Rebecca Nadler, Ottawa, Ont., 1:50.30; Marie-France Tessier, Montreal, Que., did not finish; Maëlle Bergeron, Quebec City, Que, did not finish first race; Nicole Poleschuk Winnipeg, Man., did not finish first race.
Women’s 12.5km Mass Start
1. Maria Sadilova, Russia, 42:00.7; 2. Anna Kunaeva, Russia, 42:47.3; 3. Stefanie Hildebrand, Germany, 43:10.5; 16. Kathryn Stone, Grande Praire, Alta., 46:35.4.
Men’s 15km Mass Start
1. Artem Pryma, Ukraine, 41:22.2; 2; 2. Krasimir Anev, Bulgaria, 41:31.2; 3. Alexey Trusov, Russia, 41:31.4; 25. Jon Skinstad, Camrose Alta., 48:00.4.
Women’s 15km Mass Start
1. Alena Prochazkova, Slovakia, 43:33.2; 2. Alia Iksanova, Russia, 43:34.1; 3. Kateryna Grygorenko, Ukraine, 32:42.0; 24. Mary Thompson, Woodstock, Ont., 51:03.6; 25. Alexia Pichard-Jolicoeur, St-Férréol-les-Neiges, Que., 52:12.8; 26. Adele Lay, Eden Mills, Ont., 52:38.7.
Men’s 30km Mass Start
1. Vladislav Skobelev, Russia, 1:17.19.5; 2. Ilshat Nigmatullin, Russia, 1:17:19.8; 3. Andrey Kal’sin, Russia, 1:17:24.0; 28. Anthony Killick, Fort McMurray, Alta., 1:27:47.4; 32. Vincent Ruel, Charny, Que., 1:30:20.1; 36. Jesse Heckrodt, Enderby, B.C., 1:33:26.3; Benjamin Hébert, Montreal, Que., did not start; Colin Abbott, Whitehorse, Yukon, did not start.
Canada (7-0) defeats Finland (5-1-1) 4-1 to claim second consecutive Universiade gold medal.
Canada (3-1-1) loses 4-2 to Russia (5-0); plays for bronze medal against Kazakhstan (3-1-1) on Sunday at 4:30 a.m. ET.