Game Summary
Japan 1 - Canada 3
 

WIN OVER HOSTS SENDS CANADA TO GOLD MEDAL GAME

NAGANO, Japan – Canada’s National Sledge Team will play for gold at the 4 Nations tournament after a 3-1 win over the tournament hosts on Thursday at Big Hat Arena.

Greg Westlake scored twice to lead the way offensively for Canada, who scored a pair of goals early in the third period to break open a tight game. Billy Bridges chipped in with a goal and two assists in the win.

Early on it was the Japanese who came out strong, outshooting Canada 8-2 in the opening period. But Canadian netminder Benoit St-Amand turned aside everything he faced, sending the game to the first intermission scoreless.

Westlake would open the scoring midway through the second period as Canada turned it on in the middle frame, firing 11 shots at Japanese goaltender Mitsuru Nagase to just three for Japan.

Westlake’s second goal of the game 26 seconds into the third period made it 2-0 and Bridges scored Canada’s third goal five minutes later to finally put away a pesky Japanese side, which has quickly become one of the world’s top teams.

Takayuki Endo ended St-Amand’s shutout bid with just under five minutes to go, scoring the lone goal for Japan, who will now face Norway in Friday’s bronze medal game.

Canada will take on the United States in Friday’s gold medal game (4:30 a.m. EST/1:30 a.m. EST) in a rematch of Tuesday’s tournament opener, won 1-0 by the Americans.

Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement 4 Nations Tournament Location/Emplacement Nagano, JPN
Date Thu. Jan. 15, 2009 Arena/Aréna Big Hat Arena
Time/Heure 04:30 AM EST Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Preliminary Game # 06

 

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
Final
JPN
0
1
2
3
CAN
0
0
1
1

 

Goals/Penalties
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
NO SCORING / AUCUN BUT

Penalties/Pénalités :
04:15 JPN Mitsuru Nagase (Interference/Obstruction)
12:43 CAN Raymond Grassi (T-boning/Charge en T)
13:43 CAN Billy Bridges (Elbowing/Donner du coude)
14:59 JPN Takayuki Endo (T-boning/Charge en T)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
06:42 CAN Greg Westlake (Billy Bridges)

Penalties/Pénalités :
07:07 JPN Takayuki Endo (Holding/Retenir)
09:05 CAN Raymond Grassi (Holding/Retenir)
10:08 CAN Mark Noot (Roughing/Rudesse)
11:26 JPN Mamoru Yoshikawa (T-boning/Charge en T)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
00:26 CAN Greg Westlake (Billy Bridges)
05:56 CAN Billy Bridges
10:42 JPN Takayuki Endo (Daisuke Uehara)

Penalties/Pénalités :
09:17 JPN Kazuhiro Takahashi (Holding/Retenir)
09:56 CAN Mark Noot (Holding/Retenir)

 

Goaltenders JPN Mitsuru Nagase
Gardiens de but CAN Benoit St-Amand

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal JPN 2 11 6 19
Tirs au but CAN 8 3 5 16

Referee/Arbitre Lasse Westby
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Tetsuhiko Goto, Brad Roethlisberger

 

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