Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Athletes Win Five Bronze Medals at Winter Youth Olympic Games: Canadians Win Five Bronze at Youth Games

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Athletes Win Five Bronze Medals at Winter Youth Olympic Games: Canadians Win Five Bronze at Youth Games

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INNSBRUCK, Austria - Reid Gardiner scored once and added four assists Saturday as Canada defeated the United States 7-5 in hockey action, giving Canada one of its five bronze medals on the day at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Canada also won bronze medals in ski cross, ski jumping, and skeleton.

Gardiner, from Humboldt, Sask., finished the hockey tournament with a team-leading 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in six games.

Ryan Gropp of Kamloops, B.C., finished with a hat trick, while Eric Cornel of Kemptville, Ont., and Ryan Pilon of Duck Lake, Sask., had a goal and an assist each as Canada scored four goals in 4:13 span midway through the second to turn a 3-2 lead into a 7-2 advantage.

Russia takes on Finland for gold on Sunday.

"It feels really special, always great to be able to help out the team, but most importantly I'm happy we came away with the bronze medal," Gropp told iihf.com. "It was really tough to lose to the Finns in the semis but we told ourselves that we had to just forget about it and worry about the next game and focus for it like it was the gold medal game."

Winnipeg's Adam Brooks had the other goal for the Canadians, who got 35 saves from Keven Bouchard of Metabetchouan, Que.

Ryan MacInnis and Nick Schmaltz had a goal and an assist each for the U.S., while Nate Billitier, Jack Eichel and Nicholas Magyar also scored.

Despite being outshot 13-7 in the opening period, Canada took a 3-1 lead to the dressing room. After the Americans had scored early in the second, Canada got goals from Brooks and Gardiner and a pair from Gropp less than five minutes apart to take a commanding four-goal lead.

The Canadians were outshot 40-19, including 18-5 in the third period when the U.S. tried to mount a comeback.

"I'm proud of this team and the way they battled," U.S. coach Ben Smith said. "In our last two games, we trailed in the third period, but we never gave up. We gave ourselves a chance at the end of both games."

Logan Halladay made 12 saves in taking the loss for the Americans.

In men's ski cross, Calgary's Matty Herauf took bronze without putting on his skis when both the men's and women's races were cancelled after 70 centimetres of snow fell overnight. …

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