Canadian women will play for gold, Canada's men's team settles for shot at bronze in world ball hockey championships

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Official taken away on stretcher after incident at end of Canadian-Czech semifinal

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The Canadian women's team will play for gold, while Canada's men are left to seek consolation in a bronze-medal attempt as the 2013 world ball hockey championships conclude today in the metro St. John's area.

The Canadian men's team lost 5-1 to the defending champions Czech Republic Saturday night at Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay in a semifinal contest marred by what happened in its waning moments.

Canadian defenceman Justin Pender of St. John's was given a double match penalty with one second left after an incident that resulted in a game official being taken off the floor on a stretcher. The official was reportedly injured as he tried to intervene when Pender tangled with a Czech player after the winners scored an empty-net goal. Czech goaltender Lukas Heczko was also involved.

As for what will result, a posting on the world ball hockey championships Twitter site (@2013WBHC) read "A Canadian player acted violently towards another player. Referees will announce penalties and proper processes will be followed. Tournament will issue statement once that has occurred."

Jan Bacovsky, with two, Tomas Hak, Tomas Kudela and Jan Pospisil had the goals for the Czechs.

Canada, which had gone 4-0 in round-robin play, got its lone goal from veteran Terry Ryan of Mount Pearl, set up by two other Newfoundlanders, Chris Sparkes and Robert Slaney.

Canada will play Portugal in the bronze-medal game at the Mount Pearl Glacier (1:45 p.m.), while the Czech Republic and Slovakia square off in the gold-medal final, which will be played at Jack Byrne Arena, with a 3:30 p.m. start time.

Slovakia edged Portugal 4-3 in Saturday's other men's semifinal.

In the women's division, Team Canada easily advanced to today's championship game with an 8-0 shutout of the United States in semifinal play Saturday night at the Glacier.

Kristen Cooze of Kippens and Alicia Blomberg led the way for the Canadians, each contributing two goals. Amanda Kean of St. Anthony, Erika Pouliot, Franceska Perron, Allicia Blomberg and Chantal Laroque had the other goals for Canada, which got a shared shutout from netminders Katie Passfield and Delayne Bryan.

The Canadians will face Slovakia in today's gold-medal game, which goes 1 p.m. at Jack Byrne Arena. The Slovaks advanced with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over the defending champion Czech Republic in Saturday's other women's semifinal. Viktoria Ihnatova scored that game's only goal 5:49 into the extra frame.

The Czechs and United States meet for the women's bronze medal 11:45 a.m. today at the Glacier.

In men's B pool play, Italy and Bermuda face off 10:30 a.m. today at Jack Byrne Arena, with the winner earning promotion to the A pool for the next worlds.

Organizations: Team Canada

Geographic location: Czech Republic, Canada, St. John's Slovakia Torbay United States Mount Pearl Portugal St. Anthony Italy Bermuda

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  • Lubo
    June 11, 2013 - 06:56

    Shame Canada, Shame! You have to apologize to those czech players!

  • Joe
    June 11, 2013 - 06:44

    What happened on saturday night should never happened. Pender was looking for something all game. He should never be allowed to play for Canada ever again. You could tell he was being a soar loser when they got down by a couple goals. Then for the so called captain "Terry Ryan" which is a joke to defend him shows how classy this guy is. How they ever made this team is questionable. In the end the best team won. Canada could learn some true sportsmanship in watching France and Israel play. Then again Canada were unable to fit their egos in the stadium so i guess sportsmanship is out of the question. Congrats to Canada Women's Team on winning with honor

  • Tomas
    June 10, 2013 - 18:17

    Unbelievable. Fully agree with Steve C.

  • Jacob
    June 10, 2013 - 16:43

    Just watched the incident on YouTube. Win or lose we as Canadians should expect better from our players who are REPRESENTING OUR COUNTRY. It might not be ice hockey but it is still an honor to be hosting an international event. This is not the conduct that the host team should have!

  • nsmoke
    June 10, 2013 - 16:31

    such criminals has to be suspended from any sports !

  • don
    June 09, 2013 - 20:02

    Pender is an embarrassment to our province and Canada. He has no place in sport.

  • Steve C.
    June 09, 2013 - 11:37

    Took in the Men's game last night and it was far from a proud moment on and off the ice. Right from the warm-up you could see which team was ready to play and it wasn't Team Canada. The Czechs were faster, worked harder and won all the battles. Some people seemed to be complaining about the Czechs diving; which I wouldn't dispute. However, the Canadians did as much , if not more diving! How many times did a Canadian run into an opponent, fall down and then look for a penalty? I imagine by the time it was all said and done the powerplays were close to equal and Canada had two; if not three, 5 on 3 pps. The Canadians lost their cool and it seemed like there was no leadership or coaching to help get the focus back. The incident at the end of the game was an embarrasment and Pender should be embarrassed. There's no fighting in international ice hockey, let alone BALL HOCKEY! Gutless, cowardly act which resulted in a pretty serious injury to an official. Its an honor to wear that Maple Leaf and a lot of guys on that team surely didnt appear worthy. Terrible way to represent this city, province and country! Best of luck to the women in the gold medal game!

  • Bob
    June 09, 2013 - 09:53

    Fight after an empty net goal ????? More details please !!!!! This doesn't look good for Canada.

  • derek
    June 09, 2013 - 00:15

    Thanks Justin for embarrassing not only our province but the country. Sore losers like you have no place in sport.