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Canada beats Russia to win women's Universiade hockey title

The Canadian Press

12/20/2013 6:24:37 PM

TRENTINO, Italy -- Jenna Smith had two goals and an assist to lead Canada past Russia 5-0 in the women's hockey final at the Winter Universiade on Friday.

The Canadians dominated the contest, outshooting Russia 52-12.

Laura Brooker, Jessica Pinkerton and Katia Clement-Heydra had the other goals for Canada while Tatiana Rafter added three assists. Goaltender Kelly Campbell earned the shutout.

Canada has now claimed three straight women's hockey titles in this event and remains unbeaten over that span.

The Canadian men's team is off to the gold medal finale.

Tyler Carroll of the University of New Brunswick had a goal and an assist to lead Canada to a 2-1 semifinal win over Russia, the two-time defending champions. The Canadians will face Kazakhstan in Saturday's final.

Kazakhstan beat the U.S. 5-1 in the other semifinal contest Friday.

Canada's lone loss of the tournament was a 4-2 decision to Kazakhstan last weekend. The Canadians didn't face the Americans this year.

Canada (4-1) handed Russia (4-1) its first loss of the event. The Russians came in having outscored their rivals 25-3 and a roster featuring 11 players with KHL experience.

Canada is 3-3 in previous finals appearances, last winning in '07.

"One of the keys was we got a chance to get the lead," said Canadian head coach Gardiner MacDougal. "When you have a quality opponent, and you know it going to be a tight game, it's critical.

"We did that and we protected it."

Carroll, of Strathroy, Ont., opened the scoring with 17 seconds left in the first period. He then assisted on Eric Faille of Moncton's game-winning goal 34 seconds into the third.

Canada killed off all seven Russian power plays, including one over the final 1:07 of the game. The Canadians were a perfect nine-for-nine on the penalty kill in a 6-0 quarter-final win over Slovakia on Wednesday.

Pavel Kopytin, who plays for the KHL's Atlant Moscow Oblast, scored with 1:50 remaining in regulation for Russia.

Canadian speedskaters also earned two medals Friday.

Guillaume Bastille of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., was third in the men's 1,000-metre. He then combined with Patrick Duffy of Oakville, Ont., Yoan Gauthier of Riviere-du-Loup and Montreal's Sebastien Landry to finish second in the 5,000-metre relay.