Canadian men's hockey team advances to semifinals at Winter Universiade

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TRENTINO, Italy – Team Canada’s men’s hockey team has advanced to the semifinals of the Winter Universiade.

Tyler Carroll scored two goals while Chris Culligan and Éric Faille tallied three points apiece as Team Canada posted a 6-0 quarter-final win over Slovakia on Wednesday night.

Chris Desousa of the UPEI Panthers gave Canada a 3-0 lead at 15:22 of the first period, and Saint Mary’s netminder Anthony Peters turned aside 17 shots to earn the shutout.

The result sets up yet another meeting at the biennial tournament between Canada and arch-rival Russia on Friday at 11:30 a.m., Atlantic time. The second semifinal will feature the United States battling Kazakhstan.

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

“Any time you get Canada and Russia, it’s going to be great for hockey fans. 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 (a 4-2 loss to Kazakhstan) 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.” Team Canada head coach and Bedeque native Gardiner MacDougall

“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 (a 4-2 loss to Kazakhstan) 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.”

Canada was 1-for-7 on the power play and killed off all nine Slovakia power plays.

Organizations: Team Canada, University of New Brunswick

Geographic location: Canada, Slovakia, Russia Kazakhstan Saint Mary United States

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