Campus Life

Silver lining to China trip

University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men's hockey players Ryan Pottruff and Dustin Moore captured silver medals for Canada as the 2009 Winter Universiade concluded in Harbin, China this past weekend.

Pottruff, a second-year defenceman from Woodstock, Ont., and Moore, a second-year forward out of Red Deer, were part of the Canada West all-star squad that was chosen to wear Canadian colours at the Universiade. The Canadian squad advanced to the gold medal game after sweeping through the round robin portion of the event with a perfect 4-0 record and then thumping Slovakia 8-1 in Friday's semifinal game.

In Saturday's final, Canada fell behind 2-1 to unbeaten Russia after 20 minutes. A scoreless second period was followed by Canada's tying goal early in the third period. Russia eventually earned the win with a pair of goals 46 seconds apart in the game's final three minutes.

Both Pottruff and Moore return to Lethbridge this week to rejoin their Pronghorn teammates as they prepare to host the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in the first round of the Canada West playoffs. The best-of-three series is set for this weekend, Mar. 6-8 at Nicholas Sheran Arena. All three games of the series, if necessary, are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.