Team Canada moving on to quarter-finals at Universiade

John Decoste
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Mike Cazzola

The Canadian men's hockey team concluded play in the round robin portion of the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy with a two-win, one-loss record.  

After easily winning their first two games, 12-1 over Japan and 11-0 over Ukraine, Team Canada, made up of players from the Atlantic Universities Hockey Conference, dropped a 4-2 decision to Kazakhstan in their round-robin finale.   Special teams proved to be the difference, as Kazakhstan converted two of eight power play opportunities and also netted a shorthanded goal. Canada led 1-0 after one period, but surrendered three unanswered goals in the middle frame.  

Kazakhstan (3-0) and Canada (2-1) finished first and second respectively in their pool, and both advanced to the quarter-finals set to begin Dec. 18.  

In terms of the three hockey Axemen playing for Team Canada, Mike Cazzola had a goal and five assists against Japan and a goal and an assist against Ukraine for a total of eight points in the round robin.  

Liam Heelis had a goal and two assists against Ukraine, and Chris Owens had two assists against Japan.

Organizations: Team Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Japan, Ukraine Kazakhstan Trentino Italy

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