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Saturday, January 24, 2015

{allcanada} Student Bouchard ready to be tested by Sharapova

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard will spend Monday 'cramming' for one of the toughest exams of her fledgling career when she faces second seed Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

The Canadian advanced to the last eight at Melbourne Park on Sunday following a 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory over Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu in the first match on Rod Laver Arena before Sharapova took to the court and dispatched China's Peng Shuai next up.

Bouchard, seeded seventh, was pleased to have got through her seesaw battle with the Romanian and while she knew that one practice was not going to fix some of the mistakes she made on Sunday, it would help her confidence to work out some kinks.

"I believe in cramming," Bouchard said with a grin. "Obviously, yeah, one practice can't do much. But it's just about going out there, having a good feeling, hitting the ball, and trying to get ready for the next match."

Last year Bouchard was a finalist at Wimbledon, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park and she also made the last four at Roland Garros, where she lost to Sharapova.

She is the most high profile player in a small group of young challengers to the established order of women's tennis.

The 20-year-old was aggressive from the start on Sunday against Begu but her intensity dropped as the Romanian threw caution to the wind and forced a third set.

Bouchard said it was a lesson learned.

"I'll try to make sure it doesn't happen next time," Bouchard said. "I'm happy that I could regroup and play a bit better tennis in the third.

"I want to build on that for the next match and I want to try to impose myself as much as I can.

"I'm not going to be passive like I was today."

The loss to the Russian last year at Roland Garros had also been a valuable lesson, she added.

"I didn't feel like I was playing great tennis the whole time ... but that's what it's about: trying to win and trying to always play better, get through it, even if you're not playing your best," Bouchard said.

"I think I was close. It was just a tough battle.

"But I think I've progressed a lot since then ... and I am going to really kind of take it to her, go for my shots."

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{allcanada} QMJHL: Roy scores shootout winner as Remparts edge Cataractes

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SHAWINIGAN, Que. - Marc-Olivier Roy scored the winning goal in the shootout to lift the Quebec Remparts to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action on Saturday.

Kurt Echegary and Ryan Graves scored back-to-back goals in the second period for Quebec (28-17-3), tying the game 2-2.

Dennis Yan and Anthony Beauvillier had the first two goals of the game for the Cataractes (26-18-3).

Remparts goaltender Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the victory.

Shawinigan's Marvin Cupper stopped 33 shots in the losing effort.

Quebec had one power-play goal on four opportunities while the Cataractes scored once on seven chances with the man advantage.

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DRAKKAR 6 HUSKIES 1

BAIE-COMEAU, Que. — Maxime St-Cyr scored three goals and Frederic Gamelin tacked on four assists to power the Drakkar past Rouyn-Noranda.

Jeremy Gregoire and Luca Ciampini had a goal and two helpers apiece for Baie-Comeau (25-13-7). Guillaume Beaudry rounded out the attack.

Julien Nantel had the lone goal for the Huskies (23-21-3).

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PHOENIX 7 MOOSEHEADS 4

SHERBROOKE, Que. — Tim Wieser scored twice and had an assist, and the Phoenix erupted for four unanswered goals in the last 25 minutes of the game to roll past Halifax.

Cameron Darcy and David Shorto scored two apiece and Nicolas Poulin scored the other goal for Sherbrooke (25-17-4).

Philippe Gadoury led the Mooseheads (22-20-4) with a goal and an assist. Samuel Leblanc, Connor Moynihan and Timo Meier also scored.

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TITAN 5 ISLANDERS 1

BATHURST, N.B. — Jordan Maher scored three goals and assisted on another to lead the Titan past Charlottetown.

Andrew Ryan had a five-point night with a goal and four helpers for Acadie-Bathurst (14-31-5), and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel rounded out the offence with a goal and an assist.

Ryan MacKinnon scored on a power play for the Islanders (24-20-4).

Charlottetown's Luc Deschenes and Acadie-Bathurst's Matthew Cusson each got a game misconduct for fighting in the final five minutes of regulation.

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SCREAMING EAGLES 7 WILDCATS 1

MONCTON, N.B. — Maxim Lazarev had a hat trick and tacked on an assist to lead Cape Breton over the Wildcats.

Marcus Hinds and Stephen Anderson each had a four-point night with a goal and three helpers, while Jeremie Beaudin and Kyle Farrell also scored for the Screaming Eagles (19-22-5). Hinds and Farrell scored shorthanded.

William Bower supplied the offence for Moncton (29-14-3).

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ARMADA 4 TIGRES 3 (OT)

VICTORIAVILLE, Que. — Guillaume Beaudoin scored 1:41 into overtime to lift Blainville-Boisbriand over the Tigres for its fifth-straight victory.

Philippe Sanche and Nikita Jevpalovs had a goal and an assist apiece for the Armada (29-12-5). Danick Martel also scored.

Nikita Li, Mathieu Ayotte and Gabriel Gagne supplied the offence for Victoriaville (21-21-6).

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{allcanada} OHL: Brown scores OT winner as Spitfires topple Sting

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SARNIA, Ont. - Logan Brown scored 20 seconds into overtime to lift the Windsor Spitfires to a 3-2 victory over the slumping Sarnia Sting in Ontario Hockey League action on Saturday.

Jamie Lewis and Cristiano DiGiacinto scored back-to-back goals to give Windsor (19-23-2) a 2-0 lead.

Alexandre Renaud scored shorthanded and Hayden Hodgson tied the game for the Sting (22-17-6), who have dropped three straight.

Spitfires goaltender Brendan Johnston stopped 22 shots for the win.

Sarnia's Taylor Dupuis made 35 saves, including one penalty shot from Windsor's Markus Soberg in the second period.

Neither team scored on the power play, with the Spitfires going 0 for 2 and the Sting squandering four opportunities.

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KNIGHTS 5 BULLS 3

BELLEVILLE, Ont. — Tyler Parsons made 31 saves and five different London skaters scored en route to victory over the Bulls.

Chandler Yakimowicz — shorthanded — and Cliff Pu each had a goal and an assist to help the Knights (29-13-3) earn their fifth-straight win. Drake Rymsha, Julius Bergman and Chris Martenet also scored.

Stephen Harper found the back of the net twice for Belleville (19-20-6) while Andrew Ming rounded out the offence. Connor Hicks stopped 25 shots in the losing effort.

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STORM 3 WHALERS 0

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Justin Nichols turned aside all 29 shots he faced as Guelph blanked the Whalers.

Tyler Bertuzzi had an empty-net goal and added an assist for the Storm (26-17-3) and Tyler Hill and Givani Smith also scored.

Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 32-of-34 shots for Plymouth (15-26-3).

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COLTS 3 SPIRIT 1

BARRIE, Ont. — Rasmus Andersson's goal at 17:55 of the second period held up as the winner as the Colts snapped a two-game slide with a win over Saginaw.

Ben Hawerchuk also scored for Barrie (27-15-2) and Brendan Lemieux added an empty-net power-play goal at 19:16 of the third period.

Jesse Barwell replied for the Spirit (21-23-2).

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ATTACK 5 FRONTENACS 2

OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Damir Sharipzyanov scored twice and Erik Bradford had a goal and two assists to power the Attack over Kingston.

Ethan Szypula and Chris Bigras also scored for Owen Sound (20-13-9).

Roland McKeown and Samuel Schutt replied for the Frontenacs (17-19-7).

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{allcanada} NHL.com predicts Team Europe, Youngstars rosters

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COLUMBUS -- One of the most intriguing aspects of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey that was announced Saturday is the addition of two teams that are not representing one country in particular.

In addition to the traditional power nations of Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, there will be a team of players from other European countries and a North American Youngstars team made up of players 23-and-under from Canada and the United States.

The exact rules to determine who will be eligible for the North American Youngstars team have not been set, but speculation on who will make that team, as well as Team Europe, will run rampant from now until the first 16 players for each of the eight teams must be named March 1, 2016.

NHL.com decided to take an initial run at predicting the rosters for the two teams. For the Youngstars team, a cutoff birth date of Sept. 18, 1992, was used because all players born after that date would still be 23 on the day the tournament starts on Sept. 17, 2016. There was also no minimum number of players that needed to be taken from Canada or the United States.

The first thing that jumps out at you about the Youngstars is the lack of quality goaltending, which could be a serious problem in a tournament like this. But otherwise, it looks like a competitive roster.

Team Europe, on the other hand, will perhaps be strongest in goal, with Jaroslav Halak of the New York Islanders, Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks and Jonas Hiller of the Calgary Flames potentially battling for the No 1 job.

The breakdown of the Team Europe roster was six players from Slovakia, five from Switzerland, four from Denmark, two each from Austria and Germany, and one player each from Belarus, Latvia, Norway and Slovenia.

The breakdown for the North American Youngstars team was 15 from Canada and eight from the United States.

Here are NHL.com's projected 23-man rosters (13 forwards, seven defensemen, three goaltenders) for Team Europe and Team North American Youngstars in the 2016 World Cup:

TEAM EUROPE

Forwards

Mikkel Boedker, Arizona Coyotes (Denmark)

Lars Eller, Montreal Canadiens (Denmark)

Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings (Slovakia)

Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo Sabres (Latvia)

Michael Grabner, New York Islanders (Austria)

Mikhail Grabovski, New York Islanders (Belarus)

Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks (Slovakia)

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings (Slovenia)

Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota Wild (Switzerland)

Frans Nielsen, New York Islanders (Denmark)

Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings (Slovakia)

Thomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild (Austria)

Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers (Norway)

Defensemen

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins (Slovakia)

Christian Ehrhoff, Pittsburgh Penguins (Germany)

Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (Switzerland)

Mirco Mueller, San Jose Sharks (Switzerland)

Andrej Sekera, Carolina Hurricanes (Slovakia)

Dennis Seidenberg, Boston Bruins (Germany)

Luca Sbisa, Vancouver Canucks (Switzerland)

Goaltenders

Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks (Denmark)

Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders (Slovakia)

Jonas Hiller, Calgary Flames (Switzerland)

TEAM NORTH AMERICAN YOUNGSTARS

Forwards

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers (Canada)

Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning (Canada)

Jack Eichel, 2015 NHL Draft eligible (United States)

Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens (United States)

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames (United States)

Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers (Canada)

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche (Canada)

Connor McDavid, 2015 NHL Draft eligible (Canada)

Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames (Canada)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers (Canada)

Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks (United States)

Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets (Canada)

Ryan Strome, New York Islanders (Canada)

Defensemen

Cody Ceci, Ottawa Senators (Canada)

Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers (Canada)

Dougie Hamilton, Boston Bruins (Canada)

Seth Jones, Nashville Predators (United States)

Connor Murphy, Arizona Coyotes (United States)

Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs (Canada)

Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets (United States)

Goaltenders

John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks (United States)

Zachary Fucale, Montreal Canadiens (Canada)

Malcolm Subban, Boston Bruins (Canada)

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