Written by Carleton Sports Information
ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN — The Canadian men’s hockey team is heading to the 2017 Winter Universiade semifinals after securing a 5-2 quarterfinal win over Latvia on Saturday at Halyk Arena.
Just as they have been doing throughout the FISU Games, members of the Ravens men’s hockey team made important contributions in a fourth consecutive Team Canada victory. Ravens forwards Michael McNamee (Perth, ON) and Corey Durocher (Ottawa, ON) combined to score three of their team’s five goals against Latvia.
With Canada up 1-0 late in the first, Durocher added to his team’s lead with his second tally in four games, scoring an even strength goal to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead after one.
Latvia stormed back with two straight goals to start the second, leaving Canada momentarily stunned. However, with under 10 seconds remaining in the period, McNamee placed the puck in the back of the net to put Canada up 3-2 at the end of frame.
Canada went up 4-2 on a power play goal midway through the third, before McNamee struck again with his third goal of the Winter Universiade and his second of the contest with less than three minutes to play in regulation.
The Canadians will move on to face the Russians in the semifinal round for a fourth straight FISU Games. The much-anticipated contest between Canada (4-0) and reigning Universiade champion Russia (4-0) is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. local (5 a.m. EST), live on the web at www.livefisu.tv/.
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