Canada, U.S. meet for gold in sledge hockey


ipc_ice_sledgeGOYANG, South Korea – Two goals from Oakville’s Greg Westlake helped propel Canada’s national team into the gold medal game against the United States at the 2013 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship.

Canada’s 5-0 win over the Czech Republic in Thursday’s (April 18) semi-final set the stage for Saturday’s championship final. It can be viewed at 3:30 a.m. ET/12:30 a.m. PT live via webcast at http://www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv.

In Thursday’s early semi-final, the United States defeated Russia 3-0 to earn a spot in the gold medal game for the second consecutive year.

Saturday’s game will be the first championship meeting between Canada and the U.S. The Americans beat Canada, 2-1, in the semis at last year’s world championship in Hamar, Norway.

In addition to Westlake’s goals, Canada got scores from Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) and Marc Dorion (Bourget, Ont.) to open up a 4-0 lead after two periods. Dominic Larocque (Quebec City, Que.) rounded out the scoring in the third.

Canada goes into the gold medal game for the first time since winning their last world title in 2008.

Canada finished first in Group B during the preliminary round with a 3-0 record, including wins over Italy (5-0), Korea (5-0) and Russia (4-3). Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.) enters the final leading the tournament in scoring with 10 points in four games, while goaltender Corbin Watson (Kingsville, Ont.) has yet to allow a goal in three games.

In six appearances at the IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship, Canada has won two gold medals (2000, 2008) and three bronze medals (1996, 2009, 2012), finishing fourth in 2004.

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