Game Summary
Canada 2 - United States 3 (Shootout)
 

WESTLAKE SCORES 100TH, CANADA DROPS SLEDGE SERIES OPENER IN SHOOTOUT

AMHERST, N.Y. – Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) scored the 100th goal of his Team Canada career, and added his team’s lone marker in the shootout, as Canada’s National Sledge Team opened its three-game series against the United States with a 3-2 loss Thursday night.

Westlake tied the game with just under six minutes to go, joining Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.), who scored his 126th goal in the first period, as the only Canadian players to reach the century mark since sledge hockey came under the Hockey Canada umbrella in 2004.

But the Canadian captain’s milestone goal would come in a losing cause, as the Americans converted two of their three shootout opportunities against goaltender Benoit St-Amand (St-Hubert, Que.), ending Canada’s 15-game winning streak.

Bridges opened the scoring for the Canadians just shy of the four-minute mark of the first period, poking the rebound of an Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) shot past U.S. netminder Steve Cash as Kieran Block (Edmonton, Alta.) crashed the American net.

The U.S. tied the game seven minutes into the second period on a shorthanded two-on-one, and took their first lead early in the third before Westlake snapped a shot past Cash to force an extra period.

Game 2 of the three-game set goes Friday night, with the puck set to drop at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. All games in the series are being webcast at www.fasthockey.com for $7.99 per game.


Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Event/Événement Game/Match Location/Emplacement Amherst, N.Y.
Date Thurs. Feb. 23, 2012 Arena/Aréna Northtown Center at Amherst
Time/Heure (ET/HE) 6:00 pm ET Attendance/Assistance -,---
 
Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
OT
SO
Final
CAN
1
0
1
0
0
2
USA
0
1
1
0
1
3

Goals/Penalties - Buts/Pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts : 
03:53 CAN Billy Bridges (Adam Dixon, Kieran Block)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
09:29 CAN Billy Bridges (Roughing/Rudesse)
19:45 CAN Graeme Murray (Elbowing/Donner du coude)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts : 
07:13 USA Nikko Landeros (Alexi Salamone) SH/DN

Penalties/Pénalités : 
01:29 USA Alexi Salamone (Holding/Retenir)
06:53 USA Tyler Carron (Charging/Assaut)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts : 
02:59 USA Jim Connelly (Greg Shaw, Taylor Lipsett)
14:06 CAN Greg Westlake (Billy Bridges, Brad Bowden)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
19:40 CAN Billy Bridges (Charging/Assaut)

Overtime/Prolongation

Goals/Buts : 
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénalités : 
None/Aucune

Shootout/Tirs de barrage
CAN Adam Dixon NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
USA Alexi Salamone NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
CAN Billy Bridges NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
USA Taylor Lipsett GOAL/BUT
CAN Greg Westlake GOAL/BUT
USA Nikko Landeros GOAL/BUT

Goaltenders - Gardiens de but
CAN Benoit St-Amand
USA Steve Cash

Shots on Goal – Tirs au but
1
2
3
OT
Final
CAN
-
-
-
-
-
USA
-
-
-
-
-