Canadian hockey team improves to 2-0 at Winter Universiade

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Team Canada went to 2-0 in the men’s hockey portion of the 2013 Winter Universiade after a 11-0 win Friday over Ukraine in Trentino, Italy.

Pierre Vandall, from Dalhousie University, tallied a goal and three helpers while UNB’s Nick MacNeil, who had four markers in Canada’s 12-1 win against Japan, added two more goals along with an assist versus the Ukraine.

Team Canada is made up of players from the Atlantic University Sport hockey conference.

Éric Faille (2-1), Cory Tanaka (2), Michael Kirkpatrick (1-3), Liam Heelis (1-2), Mike Cazzola (1-1) and Josh Day (1-1) had the other Canadian goals while UPEI’s Matthew Maione (3) and Chris Desousa (2) chipped in assists.

Canada outshot the Ukraine 59-14 and led 3-0 after the first period and 8-0 at the second intermission.

Anthony Peters stopped 14 shots for the shutout in the Canadian net.

The Canadians, bronze medallists in 2011, wrap

up Pool A play against Kazakhstan (1-0) Sunday at

3 p.m. AT.

UPEI’s Alex Wall and goaltender Wayne Savage are also a member of Team Canada.

Panther head coach Forbes MacPherson is an assistant coach.

The team is coached by Bedeque native Gardiner MacDougall of the UNB Varsity Reds is the head coach.

“We had some peak performances from some players but overall the whole team has played very well,” said MacDougall.

“It’s about team cohesion, getting the chemistry off and on the ice, and right now we are finding ways to get better.”

Organizations: Dalhousie University, Ukraine.Team Canada, Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Canada, Ukraine, Japan Kazakhstan

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