Game Summary

Canada 1 - Norway 4

Paralympics
Round Robin
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Turin, ITA

CANADA SUFFERS FIRST DEFEAT; ADVANCES TO PLAY GERMANY IN SEMI-FINAL

Canada and Norway, both undefeated, faced off on Tuesday night at Torino Esposizioni, in front of a packed house for first place in Group A. Earlier in the day, Germany secured first place in Group B, with a 0-0 tie against Japan, while USA claimed second place with a 6-1 victory over Sweden.

Canada started the game with two consecutive power plays, after their tenacious forecheck led to two Norwegian penalties. Canada controlled the puck well but Norway kept the play to the outside. Canada’s best scoring chance came shortly after the second power play, as Dany Verner jumped on a loose puck and found the post behind Norwegian netminder Roger Johansen.

It was Norway however who scored the first goal of the game at 5:40, as Eskil Hagen took a pass in front, and slid the puck past Paul Rosen. This marked the first time that Canada allowed a goal at the Paralympics, after two consecutive shutouts to open up the tournament.

Canada got into penalty trouble shortly after, and fell behind 2-0 while playing three on five. Norwegian star player Rolf Pedersen left the point and one-timed a quick shot past Rosen’s glove hand.

Canada believed it had scored in the opening minute of the second period, but the referee ruled that the whistle went before the puck crossed the line. The play went to video review but the referee’s ruling stood.

Despite being outshot, Norway was taking advantage of its opportunities. The defending World Champions took a 3-0 lead on a power play, at 2:59, as Tommy Rovelstad came in from the point and put a loose puck past Rosen.

At 8:25, Canada got on the board. Mark Noot held the puck in at the blue line and found Shawn Matheson in the slot. Matheson’s quick shot was tipped in by veteran Hervé Lord.

Canada had some chances to make it closer, but couldn’t beat Johansen. Norway finally restored its three-goal advantage on a power play at 8:47, as Rovelstad scored his second, from the high slot, with traffic bothering Rosen in front. Canada headed to the dressing room down by three goals.

Canada outshot Norway 6-2 in the third (and 16-12 in the game) but was unable to solve Johansen. Norway gets first place in Group A, on the strength of a 4-1 win over Canada.

Canada will now face the surprise of the sledge hockey competition, Germany in the semi-finals on Thursday, March 16th, with the game starting at 20:30 (local time)/14:30 (ET). Norway and USA will face off in the other semi-final.

Billy Bridges
"They had some good breaks. They are a great team and they lived up to this."

Hervé Lord
"It's just one loss. It's not the end of the world. If anything, it's going to make us more strong in the semifinal."

"We played Germany twice and both times we won. The last time we played them was in December. To us, it's another team we have to beat to get to the final. We will stick to our game plan. We are confident."

Todd Nicholson
"Norway played a good game. We respect them both on and off the ice. If there was a game to lose, it was this one. But it doesn't mean we didn't play out best. We dominated the game in the end, but we couldn't capitalize. We didn't manage to put the puck in."

Jean Labonté
"The fact that we beat them (Germany) in both of the games we played a month ago, doesn't mean much. It's a different story now and they are playing better than before. They are at their top."


Box Score CAN
0
1
0
1
Compte NOR
2
2
0
4

First Period/Première période

Scoring/Buts:
05:40 0:1 NOR EQ 7 HAGEN E (5) 11 BJORNSTAD H
07:37 0:2 NOR PP2 3 PEDERSEN RE (4) 4 ROVELSTAD, 8 SVEE ST

Penalties/Pénalités:
00:47 02:47 NOR 2min. 11 BJORNSTAD H - Boarding
02:12 04:12 NOR 2min. 3 PEDERSEN RE - Holding
07:15 07:37 CAN 2min. 29 MURRAY G - Hooking
07:30 09:30 CAN 2min. 17 LABONTE J - Elbowing

Second Period/Deuxième période

Scoring/Buts:
17:59 0:3 NOR PP1 4 ROVELSTAD T (7) 11 BJORNSTAD, 8 SVEE ST
23:25 1:3 CAN EQ 3 LORD H (2) 34 NOOT M, 9 VERNER D
28:47 1:4 NOR PP1 4 ROVELSTAD T (8) 11 BJORNSTAD H, 3 PEDERSEN RE

Penalties/Pénalités:
16:48 17:59 CAN 2min. 19 NICHOLSON T - Interference
19:12 21:12 CAN 2min. 21 GRASSI R - Interference
20:22 22:22 CAN 2min. 57 ROSEN P - Roughing
27:01 28:47 CAN 2min. 10 MATHESON S - Interference

Third Period/Troisième période

Scoring/Buts:
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Penalties/Pénalités:
39:45 41:45 CAN 2min. 17 LABONTE J - High Sticking
40:28 42:28 CAN 2min. 29 MURRAY G - Holding
44:11 45:00 NOR 2min. 8 SVEE ST - Holding


Goaltenders CAN ROSEN P
Gardiens de but NOR JOHANSEN R

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 6 4 6 16
Tirs au but NOR 3 7 2 12

Referee/Arbitre KASAHARA Yoshifumi (JPN)
Linesmen/Juges des lignes BOKAL Scott (USA), PETTERSSON Robin (SWE)

Attendance/Assistance 3,900

 

For more information:
Adam Crockatt Manager, National Men's Teams | Responsable, équipe nationale masculine (hockey sur luge)