December 11, 2013

Hockey, great show at Trentino 2013 Winter Universiade

Ice hockey competitions started the 26th Winter UniversiadeTrentino 2013, forerunning the opening ceremony taking place tomorrow at 6pm in Trento’s Duomo square.

Men's tournament Ice hockey - Canada vs Japan - Photo by Federico Modica

Italy inaugurated men’s tournament in Alba di Canazei beating Latvia 4:2. The man of the match is Simon Kostner, scoring one goal and doing an assist for one of his teammates. 

In A round, instead, USA beat 2:0 Sweden reaching Italian team and its 3 points. Canadian coach Gardiner Macdougall, expressed his satisfaction with the competitions after USA's team brilliant debut, beating Japan 12:1 in Cavalese’s ice rink.

“We really wanted to do our best in this match, we also wanted to test our schemes we practiced during these last weeks. In the first period we had a good pace, in the second one we let Japanese team taking the initiative. Anyway, during match's final part, our team did its best”. Takayuki Katsuta, Japanese striker, does not seem discouraged at all: ”We knew we were going to play against one of the world’s best teams and we tried to face it. We also know that we are going to have two other challenging matches with Kazakistan and Ukraine, but we are here to do our best”.

Pergine was the set of the three matches of Women’s tournament. Canada and Japan easily won their games, beating respectively Spain (21:0) and Great Britain (10:1). Also USA won its match against Russia (4:2). No matches are planned for tomorrow, tournaments will start again on Thursday.

Here there are the results of hockey matches played today:

Men’s tournament

Italy-Latvia 4:2 in Alba di Canazei

USA- Sweden 2:0 in Alba di Canazei

Canada-Japan 12:1 in Cavalese

A round’s raking: Italy, USA, 3 ; Sweden, Latvia 0.
C round’s ranking: Canada 3; Kazakistan*, Ukraine*, Japan 0.

*1 match to be played

Women's tournament

 Great Britain-Japan 1:10 in Pergine

Russia-USA 2:4 in Pergine

Spain-Canada 0:21 in Pergine

Ranking: Canada, Japan, USA 3; Russia, Great Britain, Spain 0.

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