Team Canada defeated Kazakhstan 6-2 today in the gold medal match of the Men's Ice Hockey tournament at the Gianmario Scola Arena in Canazei, Italy as part of the 26th Winter Universiade Trentino 2013. Canada also won the Women's tournament yesterday.
The Canadian men's squad, comprised entirely of players from the Atlantic University Sport conference including UPEI Panthers Matthew Maione, Chris DeSousa, Alex Wall, Wayne Savage, and coach Forbes MacPherson, went 5-1 through the tournament only losing to Kazakhstan last Sunday in round-robin play.
“On behalf of the entire UPEI community and Panther fans, I congratulate Matthew, Chris, Wayne, Alex and Coach Forbes MacPherson on a job well done! I am so proud of how our Panthers represented our University, the AUS conference, and the country in Italy,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Abd-El-Aziz. “We all look forward to celebrating their win with them in the New Year.”
UPEI Panthers defenceman Maione scored the team’s third goal at 7:16 in the first period when his long-range shot was deflected to the back of the net.
UNB’s Chris Culligan scored two goals while Acadia's Mike Cazzola, Josh Day of St. FX, Nick MacNeil of UNB, and Maione added single markers. MacNeil finished third in tournament scoring with 10 points, including seven goals.
The AUS all-stars also won men's hockey gold in 2007 in Turin, Italy.
Congratulations Team Canada!