Canada’s men’s and women’s hockey teams have yet to be defeated in the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade, securing their spot as first place in the group standing.
The 2019 FISU Winter Universiade, organized by International University Sports Federation, is an international youth and student competition that is taking place currently in Krasnoyarsk, Russia from March 2 to March 12.
Similar to a collegiate Olympic, more than 50 nations and 3000 athletes have come across the world to compete in 11 winter sports, including alpine skiing, bandy, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, short track, ski orienteering, and snowboarding.
In the men’s ice hockey competition, there are 12 participating nations including Canada, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, United States, Russia, and Kazakhstan divided into group A and B divisions.
In the women’s competition, there are six participating nations, namely Canada, Russia, United States, Japan, China, and Switzerland.
Both men and women’s ice hockey team have gone undefeated. The women have won three games in a row, and men have won two.
The men’s ice hockey team is in the group B division, standing in the first place with Kazakhstan and Switzerland, who have also gone undefeated.
The women’s ice hockey team have a tight schedule with three games in a row from March 2 to 4. However, the team were still able to take the victory in all three games, including the close-scoring match against the United States (1-0).
In their first game, the team completed the game without much difficulties by defeating the United Kingdom with 12 to nothing. The second game was another domination as Canada scored four goals in the second period against Latvia, finishing the game with a final score of six to one.
The Women’s semi-final match will be played on Sunday, March 10. In the group B division, the men’s team have three upcoming games before the semi-final match on Monday, March 11.
Both teams are playing Switzerland in their next match on Wednesday at 4 PM in Krasnoyarsk, which will be aired live at 1 AM in local time.
If you would like to know more information about the competition in 2019 FISU Universiade, download the free FISU app on your smartphone.
Let’s go, Canada!