(WINDSOR, ON) – The visions of gold medals dissipated in the wake of a 3-0 win for the Russians over Canada at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain. The final game, played at the Granada Sport Palace, featured two Windsor Lancers who will now, proudly display their silver medals.
The 1st period ended scoreless as only three minor penalties were tallied on the scorer’s sheet. Russia then broke the deadlock as Anna Shokhina put the puck behind Elodie Rousseau-Sirois at 2:16 of the 2nd period. The game then got rough as six minors were called in the following 11 minutes of play, including a hooking call for Windsor’s Bree Polci.
Shokhina then got another quick goal to start the 3rd period when she beat Rousseau-Sirois at 3:49. Eight more penalties were called, bookending Russia’s third goal, this time by Valeriia Pavlova with 8 minutes left to play.
With Canada pressing to get on the scoreboard, the team was called for two penalties, including holding on Jenny MacKnight, Windsor’s second rep for Canada, at 17:02. Rousseau-Sirois was then pulled with 1:10 remaining, in a last ditch effort, but to no avail.
The Canadian goaltender faced 34 shots while her Russian counterpart, Yulia Leskina, stopped all 40 that Canada could throw her way.
Polci and MacKnight will now return to regular season play with the Lancers. The Blue and Gold skate out their final two games tonight and tomorrow at South Windsor Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 pm both evenings as the Lancers first face-off against the UOIT Ridgebacks and then host the 4th place Queen’s Gaels.
OUA women’s hockey playoffs start on February 18. Windsor is currently sitting in the 5th spot with a playoff picture anything but clear. The Lancers can rise as high as 4th but can also sink as low as 7th.