Canadian men’s hockey team drops final round-robin game at Winter Universiade

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Will play quarter-final game Wednesday

TRENTINO, Italy – The Canadian men’s hockey team suffered its first setback at the Winter Universiade on Sunday evening.

Canada dropped a 4-2 decision to Kazakhstan in its third and final preliminary-round game.

Kazakhstan (3-0) and Canada (2-1) finished 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 lost to Kazakhstan, a rival they had defeated 3-1 in the bronze-medal match two years ago in Turkey.

“When you have one-goal games like that, special teams are often the indicator, and tonight (Sunday) we gave up a short-handed goal and two power play goals,” said Canadian head coach and Bedeque native Gardiner MacDougall, who is head coach of the UNB Varsity Reds. “It turned out to be the separator.

“When you have one-goal games like that, special teams are often the indicator, and tonight (Sunday) we gave up a short-handed goal and two power play goals. It turned out to be the separator. 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.” Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougall

“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.”

 

Good start

Canada got off to a good start and was leading 1-0 after the opening period thanks to Tyler Carroll’s first goal of the tourney at 13:31.

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

Team Canada refused to go down without a fight and got back to within one 4:57 into the third on a goal by Moncton defenceman Simon Lacroix.

UPEI goaltender Wayne Savage made 22 saves for Canada in his second start of the tournament.

 

 

Organizations: Canucks

Geographic location: Canada, Kazakhstan, Japan Ukraine Turkey Moncton

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