GRANADA, Spain (CIS) – Canada’s women’s hockey team will shoot for its fourth gold medal in as many Winter Universiade tournaments later today, but will do so against the only team to have ever beaten them in FISU competition, Russia.
The game can be watched live at 2:30 p.m. EST (8:30 p.m. local time) at http://www.livefisu.tv/
The contest will be a rematch of last Sunday’s Pool B finale where Russia (3-0) prevailed 3-1 to hand Canada (2-1) its first-ever Universiade loss in women’s hockey, and also of the 2013 final in Trentino, Italy, where the Canucks scored a convincing 5-0 win.
The Red and White is 23-1 overall since women’s hockey made its FISU Games debut in 2009.
Canada advanced to the gold medal final thanks to a 5-2 victory over Japan (3-1) in Wednesday’s semifinal. Alternate captain Morgan McHaffie (Guelph, Ont.) of the Queen’s University Gaels notched a pair of goals in the victory and has a team-leading three goals in three games heading into the final.
Also scoring for Canada were defenceman Julie Flinton (Williams Lake, B.C.) of the University of Saskatchewan, StFX forward Alex Normore (Bedford, N.S) and University of Alberta forward Tess Houston (Winnipeg), who picked up the game-winner by scoring on a shorthanded breakaway.
The Russians, however, are bolstered by an offence that counts four of the top five Universiade scoring leaders among its ranks, including CIS leading scorer Iya Gavrilova of the University of Calgary, who has 10 points in three games. Gavrilova is one of eight Olympians on the Russian roster.
NOTES: In previous Universiade gold medal finals, the Canadians defeated China 3-1 (2009), Finland 4-1 (2011) and Russia 5-0 (2013)... Four members of the 2015 team return from the 2013 championship squad, including goaltender Élodie Rousseau-Sirois from the University of Montreal, defenceman Brittney Fouracres from McGill, as well as forwards Laura Brooker from Wilfrid Laurier and Alex Normore from StFX.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/
TEAM CANADA SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times local / 6 hours ahead of EST)
Tuesday, Feb. 4 (20:30): Canada 7 Kazakhstan 1
Sunday, Feb. 8 (20:30): Russia 3, Canada 1
Wednesday, Feb. 11 (13:30): Canada 5, Japan 2 (semi-final)
Thursday, Feb. 12 (20:30): Canada vs. Russia (final / www.fisu.tv)
TEAM CANADA ROSTER
Name University Elig. Hometown Academic Program
Nicole Kesteris Toronto 5 Aurora, Ont. Human Geography
Élodie Rousseau-Sirois Montreal 4 Pohenegamook, Que. Architecture
Sarah Casorso UBC 5 Kelowna, B.C. Arts
Julia Flinton Saskatchewan 4 Williams Lake, B.C. Agriculture & Bioresources
Brittney Fouracres McGill 4 Calgary, Alta. Chemical Engineering
Katelyn Gosling Western 4 London, Ont. Social Science
Élizabeth Mantha Montreal 5 Longueuil, Que. Industrial Relations
Keirsten Visser UPEI 5 Crapaud, P.E.I. Science
Ariane Barker Montreal 4 Napierville, Que. Communications
Laura Brooker Wilfrid Laurier 5 Fergus, Ont. English
Jessica Fickel Brock 5 Fort Erie, Ont. Kinesiology
Tess Houston Alberta 4 Winnipeg, Man. Nursing
Jessica Kampjes Alberta 3 Sturgeon County, Alta. Native Studies
Breanna Lanceleve Saint Mary’s 2 Lower Sackville, N.S. Science
Maggie Litchfield-Medd Manitoba 5 Winnipeg, Man. Environment, Earth, & Resources
Jenny MacKnight Windsor 5 Regina, Sask. Environmental Studies
Morgan McHaffie Queen’s -- Guelph, Ont. Physical & Health Education
Alex Normore StFX 5 Bedford, N.S. Human Kinetics
Daley Oddy StFX 2 Cranbrook, B.C. Human Kinetics
Bree Polci Windsor 5 London, Ont. History
NOTE: The year of CIS eligibility listed is for the 2014-15 season. Morgan McHaffie of Queen’s used her fifth and final year of CIS eligibility in 2013-14.
Team Leader: Kelsie Graham Regina, Sask.
Head Coach: Jon Rempel University of Manitoba
Assistant Coach: Bruce Donaldson University of Prince Edward Island
Assistant Coach: Jim Hunter University of Windsor
Athletic Therapist: Nadine Smith Carleton University
Equipment Manager: Jean Huynh McGill University
About the Winter Universiade
The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.
The Granada Universiade will feature nine compulsory sports and one optional sport. Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing, short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding. Optional sport: freestyle skiing.
NOTE: Biathlon and nordic skiing will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, prior to the start of the Games in Granada.
Official website: www.granada2015.org
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