12 OHL graduates helped Team Canada capture its 15th medal in 16 FISU tournament appearances, defeating the Czech Republic 4-3 to claim Bronze on Wednesday in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Less then 24 hours after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Russia in the semi-final round, the OUA All-Stars rebounded to edge the Czechs on goals from Pierre-Olivier Morin, Tommy Giroux, Guillaume Asselin and Brett Welychka.
Head coach Brett Gibson (Queen’s) made a goaltending change midway through the second period as the Czech Republic drew within a goal down 4-3. Sebastien Auger made 16 saves in relief to secure the win for Canada.
Canada finished the tournament with a record of 5-1, being led in scoring by Michael McNamee who finished with three goals, eight assists and 11 points in six games. Other notable performances included Pierre-Olivier Morin (6 GP, 6-3–9), Brett Welychka (6 GP, 5-3–8) and defenceman Martin Lefebvre (6 GP, 2-6–8).
Since 1997, Canada has been represented at the biennial Universiade men’s hockey tournament by each of the three U SPORTS conferences on a rotating basis.
CHL Graduates on Team Canada – Bronze Medalists:
Sebastien Auger (UQTR/Saint John Sea Dogs)
Kevin Bailie (Queen’s/London Knights)
Spencer Abraham (Queen’s/Erie Otters)
Alex Basso (Ryerson/London Knights)
Charles-David Beaudoin (UQTR/Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Etienne Boutet (McGill/Gatineau Olympiques)
Nathan Chiarlitti (McGill/Owen Sound Attack)
Martin Lefebvre (UQTR/Quebec Remparts)
Michael Moffat (Waterloo/Kingston Frontenacs)
Guillaume Asselin (UQTR/Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Slater Doggett (Queen’s/Windsor Spitfires)
Corey Durocher (Carleton/Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Tommy Giroux (UQTR/Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Olivier Hinse (Concordia/Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Michael McNamee (Carleton/Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Eric Ming (Queen’s/Niagara IceDogs)
Pierre-Olivier Morin (UQTR/Shawinigan Cataractes)
Brent Pedersen (Laurentian/Oshawa Generals)
Scott Simmonds (Guelph/Belleville Bulls)
Ryan Van Stralen (Carleton/Ottawa 67’s)
Brett Welychka (Carleton/Belleville Bulls)
For more information, please visit USPORTS.ca.
Team Canada website: http://en.usports.ca/universiade/winter/2017/
Almaty 2017 website: https://almaty2017.com
Live streaming: www.livefisu.tv/
Results, Statistics & Standings: http://www.fisu.net/results/winter-universiade/winter-universiade-2017-main-results