Canada has Improved to 2 - 0 at IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship sunday april 14, 2013
Canada’s National Sledge Team are in South Korea, where they are taking part in the 2013 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship,
Included in the lineup for Team Canada is Forest Native Tyler McGregor. McGregor a form player with the Lambton AAA Jr Sting had leg amutated after being diagnosed with cancer. McGregor started playing sledge hockey in Sarnia then continue in 2011 with the London Blizzard. This is his first season playing on the National Team.
Canada won the bronze medal at last year’s tournament in Hamar, Norway, and last won IPC gold at the 2008 world championship in Marlborough, Mass.
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.
Canada opened the world championship on Saturday against Italy and took a 5 – 0 victory.
The Canadians were led by Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) and Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.), who tallied four points each in the win. Dixon scored twice and added two assists, while Bowden had a goal and three helpers.
Canadian captain Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) scored the other two goals, while Corbin Watson (Kingsville, Ont.) made 10 saves for his 10th career shutout.
On Sunday the team improved to 2 – 0 after edging out Russia with a final 4 – 3 victory. Canada jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead and held on for the win. It was the first ever sledge hockey meeting between the two hockey rivals. Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.) led Canada with a pair of goals and an assist while Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) and Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) each had a goal and an assist.
Benoit St-Amand (St-Hubert, Que.) made seven saves earning the victory in net as Canada outshot Russia 25-10 over-all.
Canada will wrap up preliminary round play with a game against the hosts, Korea on Tuesday.