Canada’s men’s hockey team captures gold at world university games

From the Chronicle Herald:

Canada made it 2-for-2 in hockey at the world university games.

A day after the women’s team won gold, the Canadian men’s squad, comprised entirely of players from the Atlantic conference, defeated Kazakhstan 6-2 in the championship final Saturday at the 26th Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy.

Howie Centre’s Chris Culligan of UNB scored two goals to lead Canada to victory at the Gianmario Scola Arena in Canazei, Italy.

Acadia’s Mike Cazzola, Josh Day of St. Francis Xavier, Creignish’s Nick MacNeil of UNB and UPEI’s Matt Maione added single markers. MacNeil finished third in tournament scoring with 10 points, including seven goals.

Culligan, the team’s captain, also picked up an assist Saturday.

Saint Mary’s goalie Anthony Peters earned the victory with 19 saves. In four starts, Peters went 4-0.

The Canadian women, with St. Francis Xavier teammates Alex Normore of Bedford and Jenna Pitts of Antigonish, captured gold with a 5-0 victory over Russia on Friday.

The Canadian men went 5-1 overall, losing to Kazakhstan in round-robin play last Sunday.

Culligan scored five minutes into the second period Saturday to give Canada a commanding 4-1 lead and sealed the victory early in the final frame with his third goal 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,” Culligan said in a news release from Canadian Interuniversity Sport. “We came out and made it simple for ourselves, took advantage of our chances probably as good as we have 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 thrilled right now.”

The play turned chippy in the third period. Eight players received game misconducts, including three Canadians. Kazakhstan’s head coach and his assistant were also ejected.

The AUS all-stars also won men’s hockey gold in 2007 in Turin, Italy.


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