Nesbitt skates to World Cup gold

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:49 PM ET

Christine Nesbitt skated circles around the competition Sunday at the Heerenveen World Cup event in the Netherlands.

Nesbitt, a gold medalist at the Vancouver Olympics, won the 1,500-metre event in Heerenveen by nearly 1.5 seconds. The London, Ont. speed skater finished in one minute, 56 seconds while silver medalist Irene Wust of the Netherlands crossed well back in 1:57.35.

"I don't think even Christine expected that margin of win at all," Canadian long track program director Sean Ireland said. "The 1,500m can often be an intimidating race in terms of pacing, in addition to being demanding physically. Speaking with her right after the race, she said she really started out hard but was able to sustain it through the entire race, so she's quite happy with her performance today."

Marrit Leenstra of the Netherlands was third in the 1,500m. Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg finished just out of the medals in fourth.

Nesbitt's result capped an impressive showing by the Canadian team in the first World Cup event of the season. Klassen took silver in the 3,000m Saturday while Kristina Groves of Ottawa took the bronze.

"It's the first World Cup of the season, so we're very pleased," Ireland said. "To have Christine, Cindy, and Kristina winning medals is great, and the fact that in many events the women all came in top 10 or top five shows that we have excellent depth in our women's team."

The next World Cup event will be November 19-21 in Berlin.

Canada third in Germany

Canada's men's hockey team downed Slovakia 3-2 in a shootout Sunday to claim third place in the Deutschland Cup tournament.

Adam Mitchell of Port Elgin, Ont. scored the winner in the shootout for the Canadian squad, which was coached by Mark Messier. Lee Goren of Winnipeg and Craig MacDonald of Antigonish, N.S., scored in regulation time.

Canada dropped one-goal decisions to Germany and Switzerland earlier in the tournament.

Germany took top spot with a 2-1 overtime win over Switzerland in the tournament finale.

York crowned

The York Lions won their second CIS men's soccer championship in three years Sunday at Toronto's Varsity Centre.

The Lions rode a first-half goal by striker Adrian Pena of Woodbridge, Ont., to a 1-0 win over the British Columbia Thunderbirds, giving York its third Canadian university title in school history. Pena, the tournament's most valuable player and leading scorer, netted his fourth goal of the championship in the 17th minute and the Lions made it stand up.

"It was an amazing build up on the left-wing for sure, but I know that Dominic (Antonini) broke through and I just had to get on the inside of my man, and luckily I did, so it was an easy finish," said Pena of his game-winning goal "I feel amazing, we worked for this all season."

Lions goalkeeper Sotiri Varlokostas of Toronto stopped three shots for the win, the biggest a diving save on UBC's Ashley Ankiewicz in injury time.

The Saint Mary's Huskies downed the host Toronto Varsity Blues 2-0 in the bronze-medal game.

Jhonattan Cordoba of Halifax scored twice in the second half to put it away for the Huskies.

Queen's Gaels golden

Riley Filion of Alexandria, Ont., scored three minutes into the second overtime to lift the Queen's Gaels to a 1-0 win over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in the CIS women's final Sunday in Charlottetown.

Filion's 30-yard blast hit the crossbar before deflecting off Laurier goalkeeper Mallory Woeller's back and into the net to give Queen's the win.

Gaels' goalkeeper Chantel Marson recorded the shutout, stopping all three shots she faced.

Fraser Valley downed Montreal 2-1 in penalty kicks in the bronze-medal game.


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