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St. Anthony’s Kean scores twice as host team improves to 3-0 without having given up a goal

Team Canada forward Kristen Cooze (7) of Kippens controls the ball in front of Greek defender Anne Scofish and goaltender Vicky Afouxenidou (84) in women’s play at the 2013 world ball hockey championships at the Glacier in Mount Pearl on Thursday. Canada beat Greece 8-0. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Amanda Kean of St. Anthony scored twice as Canada continued its dominance in women’s play at the 2013 world ball hockey championships Thursday at the Glacier with an 8-0 victory over Greece.

Dawn Tulk of Deer Lake, Chelsea Purcell, Alicia Blomberg, Candace Moxley, Chantal Larocque and Fannie Desforges also scored for Canada, which improved to 3-0 in the tourney.

Canada, which plays Switzerland 8 p.m. today in quarter-final play at the Glacier, has outscored its opposition 31-0.

The women’s playoffs continue Saturday with the semifinals at the Glacier, with the championship game set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Jack Byrne Arena.

In other games Thursday, the United States edged Switzerland 2-1; Czech Republic shut out Great Britain 6-0 and Slovakia blanked Italy 4-0.

In men’s A Pool play at Jack Byrne Arena, Portugal defeated the U.S. 5-3; Switzerland blanked France 15-0; Germany defeated Pakistan 7-4 and Slovakia edged Greece 2-1.

In men’s B Pool competition, Bermuda blanked Great Britain 4-0; Italy and Cayman Islands played to a 3-3 draw and Hong Kong doubled Armenia 4-2.

There are four men’s quarter-final games slated today, starting at 1:45 p.m.

First-place Canada (4-0) will play in the semifinal 8:15  p.m. Saturday against an opponent yet to be decided. The championship game is 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

In the meantime, host committee member Steve Power said attendance has been very good, especially for games involving Canada at Jack Byrne Arena.

He said it started out at around 500 spectators and now Canada is drawing big crowds.

“The word is getting around about the calibre of ball hockey here this week,” said Power.

“I think the increase in attendance is a result of word of mouth.”

Power expects a full house in Saturday’s semifinal at Jack Byrne Arena.

“And if Canada makes it to the final in the men’s and women’s divisions, there’s no question those games will be sold out,” he added.

 

Standings

Men

A Pool

Group A

Team    GP    W    L    T    PTS

Canada    4    4    0    0    8

Slovakia    4    3    1    0     6

Greece    4    2    2    0    4

Germany    4    1    3    0    2

Pakistan    4    0    4    0    0

Group B

Team    GP    W    L    T    PTS

Portugal    4    3    0    1    7

Czech Republic    4    3    1    0    6

United States    4    2    2    0    4

Switzerland    4    1    2    1    3

France    4    0    4    0    0

B Pool

Team    GP    W    L    T    PTS

Bermuda    5    5    0    0    10

Italy    5    2    0    1    6

Cayman Islands    4    2    1    0    5

Armenia    3    1    2    0    2

Great Britain    4    1    3    0    2

Hong Kong    3    1    2    0    2

Israel    4    0    3    1    1

———

WOMEN

Group E

Team    GP    W    L    T    PTS

Slovakia    3    3    0    0    6

United States    3    2    0    0    5

Italy    3    1    2    0    2

Switzerland    3    0    3    0    0

Group F

Team    GP    W    L    T    PTS

Canada    3    3    0    0    6

Czech Republic    3    2    1    0    4

Greece    3    1    2    0    2

Great Britain    1    0    3    0    0

———

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

 

MEN

A Pool

Quarter-finals

At Jack Byrne Arena

1:45 p.m., France vs Germany

4 p.m., Pakistan vs Switzerland

6:15 p.m., United States vs Slovakia

8:30 p.m., Greece vs Czech Republic

———

B Pool

Round-robin

At Jack Byrne Arena

11:30 a.m., Great Britain vs Israel

at the Glacier

1:30 p.m., Hong King vs Cayman Islands

3:45 p.m., Bermuda vs Armenia

———

WOMEN

Quarter-finals

At the Glacier

9 a.m., Italy vs Czech Republic

11:30 a.m., Great Britain vs Slovakia

6 p.m., Greece vs United States

8 p.m., Canada vs Switzerland

Geographic location: Canada, St. Anthony, Switzerland United States Czech Republic Slovakia Bermuda Italy Deer Lake Portugal Germany Cayman Islands Hong Kong Greece Great Britain France Pakistan Armenia

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