MHK: Canada Claims Bronze

GRANADA, Spain (CIS) – A day after a heartbreaking shootout loss to Russia in the semi-final, the Canadian men’s hockey team regrouped to defeat the Czech Republic 6-2 Saturday to win the bronze medal at the 27th Winter Universiade at the Granada Sport Palace.

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Team Canada Today: Day 11 AKA The Finish Line

This is it. We’ve come to the end. Once more unto the breach, dear friends.

It’s bittersweet, the final day of competition at the 2015 Winter Universiade In Granada, Spain. Here is what is on tap today:

MEN’S HOCKEY
Talk about bittersweet. After a devastating semifinal shootout loss to arch rival Russia, Canada suits up at 12:00 p.m. local time (4:00 a.m. MST) for a bronze medal showdown with the Czech Republic in the Granada Sport Palace. Head Coach Dave Adolph said it best: “We came here to get a medal, so we may as well go get one.”

ALPINE
One last rip on the slopes as Canada’s men hit the Universiade slope course in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the slalom race.

CLOSING CEREMONIES
The closing ceremonies for the 27th rendition of the Winter Universiade will take place in the Granada Sport Palace. The Granada Organizing Committee and delegates from FISU will present the flag and ceremonial torch to representatives from Almaty, Kazakhstan, host of the 2017 Winter Universiade Games.

As always, and once more with feeling, GO CANADA GO!

Team Canada Today: Day 10

Buenas noches Canada! Today is the penultimate day of competition at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain. High drama, intrigue, coffee, medals, glittering blades of glory, sweeping and pucks are on tap, lets take a look at the action:

WOMEN’S CURLING: GOLD MEDAL GAME CANADA vs RUSSIA, 9 a.m.
It’s a good day for curling. And an even better day for the women’s curling gold medal game between Canada and Russia. The Canadian ladies, featuring skip Breanne Meakin, Lauren Horton (third), Lynn Kreviazuk (second) and Jessica Armstrong (lead), put their perfect record to the test against a Russian team that competed in the 2014 Olympics. The Canucks did hand Russia, the defending Universiade women’s champions, a 9-7 loss.

ALPINE: WOMEN’S SLALOM, 10 a.m.
Final day of competition up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the ladies’ slalom gets underway today. Canada’s hopefuls are Claudia Paquin, Eve Routhier, Victoria Stevens, Laurence Vallerand, Natalie Knowles and Stephanie Gould.

SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING: 1000m finals, 2 p.m.; Relay finals, 5 p.m.
Canada’s vaunted short track program, the most successful program in Canadian Winter Universiade history, has just missed out on three podium finishes so far in Granada. After fourth place finishes in the men’s and women’s 1,500m races, as well as fourth and fifth place finishes in women’s 500m, the speedsters get another crack at medal glory today with the men’s and women’s 1000m races, while Canada’s women’s relay team also has a shot after qualifying for the “A” final.

MEN’S HOCKEY: SEMIFINAL CANADA vs. RUSSIA, 5:00 p.m.
It’s a rematch of the pool B final game in which Canada overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to win 5-3 and advance as the top seed in the tournament. These two rivals have combined to win the last six Universiade tournaments, including Canada’s triumph in 2013 in Trentino. Two teams enter the Granada Sports Palace, but only one team will leave (and go to the gold medal game)!

GO CANADA GO!

Team Canada Today: Day 9

Hola Canada! We’re reaching the short strokes now…just three more days of competition – and what a three days it’s shaping up to be! Here’s what’s on tap for your Thursday:

WOMEN’S CURLING: CANADA vs. SWITZERLAND, 9 a.m.
It’s the semi-final round for Breanne Meakin and her rink as they take on Switzerland bright and early at 9 a.m. The winner advances to Friday’s final, while the loser will play for bronze later today.

ALPINE: MEN’S GIANT SLALOM, 10 a.m.
The penultimate men’s event at Sierra Nevada gets underway at 10 a.m., with the second run to follow at 1:30.

SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING: 500m finals, 2 p.m.; Relay semi-finals, 5 p.m.
On their first day of competition, the Canadian skaters finished fourth in both the men’s and women’s 1500 metres, just fractions of a second away from our first medal of the Universiade. Today, they get their chance in the 500, while the relay squads will look to qualify through to Friday’s finals in the women’s 3,000 and the men’s 5,000.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: CANADA vs. RUSSIA, 8:30 p.m.
The GOLD MEDAL GAME! It’s a rematch of the 2013 final as Canada faces the Russians for Universiade gold, looking to grab their fourth straight FISU title! The game is at the GRANADA SPORT PALACE, home of men’s hockey – NOT the usual women’s hockey venue.

GO CANADA GO!

Team Canada Today: Day 8

Good morning Team Canada! It’s a busy day in Granada, so let’s get right to it. In chronological order:

GIANT (SLALOM) KILLERS
The women’s GS is on tap this morning, and Canada has medal hopefuls in Eve Routhier and Stephanie Gould. Second run goes at 1 p.m. today.

SEMI-FINAL, er, THURSDAY
They’ve reached the semi-final stage, and Canada’s women’s hockey team faces Japan at 1:30 for a chance to play for the gold medal tomorrow night. Come cheer them on at the Mulhacen Pavilion!

ON THE TRACK THAT IS SHORT
Always one of the most entertaining sports on the circuit, short track speed skating gets underway today with the 1500-metre finals at the Igloo, beginning at 2 p.m. Later tonight, the heats for the relays begin at 5.

FRIENDS AND RIVALS
Last time out it was Canada-Russia, and tonight it’s the other big rivalry in hockey: Canada-USA. The Americans got past Sweden yesterday to earn a date with Canada in the quarterfinal tonight. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m., live at the Granada Sport Palace.

We’re on the homestretch folks – GO CANADA GO!