Game Summary
Norway  0 -  Japan  1

 

WORLD SLEDGE HOCKEY CHALLENGE OPENS WITH UPSET

Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Japan has pulled off the first upset of the 2009 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, slipping by Norway 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon at the CARI Complex in the tournament’s opening game.

Kazuhiro Takahashi scored the lone goal of the game at the 6:55 mark of the third period, with the assist going to Daisuke Uehara. Mitsuru Nagase made nine saves to earn the shutout in the Japanese net.

Japan finished fourth at the 2009 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship, losing the bronze medal game to Canada, and went winless at the 2008 World Sledge Hockey Challenge.

Japan and Norway also met on the first day of the 2008 WSHC, with Norway skating away with an easy 8-0 win. The Norwegians have won back-to-back silver medals at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge.

Japan will face the United States on Wednesday (4 p.m. AT), while Norway will take on Canada (7 p.m. AT).


Game Information
Game Number Round Round Robin
Arena CARI Complex City, Country Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada
Month / Day / Year 11/17/2009 Time (local) 04:30 PM AT
Attendance 153 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Norway (NOR) 0 0 0 0
Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:

Penalties:
   12:14 NOR 3 Rolf Pedersen (Interference)

Second Period
Goals:

Penalties:
   09:14 NOR 11 Helge Bjoernstad (Interference)
   13:07 NOR 8 Stig Tore Svee (T-Boning)

Third Period
Goals:
   06:55 JPN 55 Kazuhiro Takahashi (32 Daisuke Uehara)

Penalties:
   04:15 JPN 55 Kazuhiro Takahashi (Delay of Game)
   13:49 JPN 23 Naohiko Ishida (Interference)


Goaltenders
Norway
19 Deng Kissinger On 1/00:00   Off 3/13:49
Japan
39 Mitsuru Nagase On 1/00:00   Off 3/15:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Norway 2 4 3 9
Japan 5 3 3 11

Player of Game
Norway 22 Audun Bakke
Japan 23 Naohiko Ishida
Officials
Referee Paul Matte
Lines People Jackson Doughart, Jonathan Boucher