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Dec. 19, 2013

Canada’s men’s and women’s hockey teams are rolling at this year’s Winter Universiade and Nova Scotians are playing a big part in the success of their teams.

The Canadian women’s team will compete for a gold medal tomorrow after beating Japan 15-0 in yesterday’s semifinal game. Bedford’s Alex Normore’s two goals and two assists helped lead Canada to the victory. Normore’s St. FX teammate, Jenna Pitts of Antigonish, is also a part of a Canadian team that has outscored its opponents 57-2 en route to a 5-0 record at the tournament.

Canada faces Russia tomorrow in the gold medal final.

On the men’s side, Howie Centre’s Chris Culligan potted a goal and added two assists in Canada’s 6-0 win over Slovakia in their quarterfinal match-up. Culligan’s UNB teammate and Creignish native Nick MacNeil assisted on Liam Heelis’ opening goal. That assist gives MacNeil 9 points (6 goals and 3 assists) and ties him with Kazakhstan’s Yevgeniy Rymarev for the tournament lead in scoring. North Sydney’s Michael Kirkpatrick had two assists in the game and now has 8 points in the tournament.

Canada takes on Russia in a men’s semifinal matchup tomorrow.

This year's Winter Universiade is being held in Trentino, Italy and features university athletes between the ages of 17-28 from around the world.

Good luck to both teams and especially the five players taking part from Nova Scotia! 

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