Game Summary
Canada 2 - Japan 0
 

CANADA INTO GOLD MEDAL GAME AFTER SHUTOUT WIN OVER HOSTS

ASAHIKAWA, Japan – Canada’s National Sledge Team is into the gold medal game at the Japan Paralympic 2008 Ice Sledge Hockey International Match after a 2-0 win over the host Japanese on Thursday.

Player of the Game Hervé Lord (St-Pamphile, QC) and Billy Bridges (Summerside, PE) scored third period goals for the Canadians, who got a 14-save-shutout performance from goaltender Drew Rigden (Kincardine, ON) in his first-ever appearance for the national team.

After a penalty-filled opening 40 minutes – Canada had four powerplays, Japan had seven – it was not surprising that special teams were responsible for the game’s opening goal.

With Bridges off for elbowing early in the third period, Lord took a pass from Raymond Grassi (Windsor, ON) and beat Japanese goaltender Shinobu Fukushima with just 11 seconds left in the Japanese man advantage.

Bridges added the insurance just past the 11-minute mark of the period, scoring his third goal of the tournament and giving him a team-leading eight points in three games.

Rigden made the most of his first start for Canada, making six saves in each of the first and third periods on the way to the shutout, quieting the pro-Japanese crowd of 250 at Taisetsu Arena.

With the win, Canada moves into Saturday’s gold medal game against Norway (3:00 a.m. ET), who clinched their spot in the final by coming back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the USA 3-2 in overtime earlier on Thursday.

Canada had the upper hand in their round-robin meeting, scoring a 5-3 win on Tuesday.

 

Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event Japan
Paralympic 2008 Ice Sledge Hockey International Match
Location Asahikawa, Japan
Date 01.12.08 Arena -
Time 16:00 Attendance 250
Round Round Robin Game # 6

Box Score/Compte

1

2

3

Final

CAN

0

0

2

2

JPN

0

0

0

0

Goals/Penalties
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
NO SCORING

Penalties/Pénalités :
CAN – Greg Westlake (Boarding) 0:20
JPN – Satoru Sudo (Interference) 4:13
JPN – Naohiko Ishida (Boarding) 4:53
CAN – Billy Bridges (High Sticking) 5:22
JPN – Daisuke Uehara (Holding) 5:58
CAN – Graeme Murray (Double Roughing) 12:37
JPN – Naohiko Ishida (10-Minute Misconduct) 12:37

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
NO SCORING

Penalties/Pénalités :
CAN – Bench (Too Many Men) 4:01
JPN – Noritaka Ito (Boarding) 9:46
CAN – Adam Dixon (Slashing) 10:18
CAN – Graeme Murray (Hooking) 13:25

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
CAN – Hervé Lord (Raymond Grassi) 4:01 SH
CAN – Billy Bridges (Greg Westlake, Mark Noot) 11:08

Penalties/Pénalités :
CAN – Billy Bridges (Elbowing) 2:12

Goaltenders CAN Drew Rigden
Gardiens de but JPN Shinobu Fukushima

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 6 4 7 17
Tirs au but JPN 6 2 6 14

Referee/Arbitre Hiroki Takano
Linesmen/Juges des lignes AYoshitomo Chiba, Hidetoshi Okazaki

Attendance/Assistance 250

 

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