Canada advances to gold medal game in sledge hockey at 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

Tyler McGregor (Connor Mah, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada is in the gold medal game of sledge hockey at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. In the semi-finals on Wednesday, Canada defeated South Korea 7-0 at the Gangneung Hockey Centre. Canada will now play the United States in the gold medal game on Saturday.

The Canadian squad was led offensively by Tyler McGregor of London, Ontario. McGregor had two goals and two assists for four points. Billy Bridges of Summerside, Prince Edward Island also had a strong game for Canada as he had two goals and one assist for three points. Dominic Cozzolino of Mississauga, Ontario also had three points with one goal and two assists.

Two other Canadian players had a multi-point game. Greg Westlake of Vancouver, British Columbia had one goal and one assist for two points and Rob Armstrong of Erin, Ontario had two assists. The other Canadian goal scorer was Liam Hickey of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Corbin Watson of Kingsville, Ontario and Dominic Larocque of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec combined for the two save shutout.

Canada got off to a great start in the game as they had a 4-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. They also outshot South Korea 24-2. The United States hammered Italy 10-1 in the other semi-final.

In wheelchair curling, Canada finished the round robin in second place with a record of nine wins and two losses. They defeated Germany 6-2 on Wednesday evening and Finland 8-4 on Thursday morning. Canada will now play China in one semi-final on Friday with South Korea playing Norway in the other semi-final.


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