Game Summary
Canada 5 - Norway 1
 

BOWDEN, BRIDGES SCORE TWO GOALS EACH, CANADA WINS SLEDGE GOLD

NAGANO, Japan – Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.) and Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) scored two goals apiece as Canada’s National Sledge Team won the gold medal at the 2012 Japan Four Nations Tournament with a 5-1 victory over Norway on Sunday.

It’s the third time in four tries the Canadians have brought home gold from the Far East – they won the top prize in 2008 in Asahikawa and 2009 in Nagano, and settled for silver last year in Nagano in a tournament shortened by an earthquake.

Bowden finished with two goals and two assists to pace the offence, while Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) scored the other Canadian goal. Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) added one assist to finish as Canada’s top scorer with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in five games.

One day after allowing just four shots on goal in a semifinal win over Korea, the Canadians went one better against the Norwegians, holding them without a shot until the second period and giving up just three total.

Benoit St-Amand (St-Hubert, Que.) earned his third win in the Canadian goal, making just two saves.

The victory is the 15th in a row for Canada, dating back to a 1-0 loss to the Norwegians last March in Nagano. It’s the longest winning streak since Canada’s National Sledge Team came under the Hockey Canada umbrella in 2004, surpassing a 13-game run from Jan. 13-May 12, 2009.


Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Event/Événement 2012 Japan Four Nations Location/Emplacement Nagano, JPN
Date Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 Arena/Aréna Big Hat Arena
Time/Heure (ET/HE) 04:00:00 Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Gold Game #/No du match 10

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
Final
CAN
2
1
2
5
NOR
0
0
1
1

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

Goals/Buts : 
06:51 CAN Billy Bridges (Kieran Block)
11:35 CAN Adam Dixon (Brad Bowden)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
03:02 NOR Loyd Remi Pallander (Teeing/Charge en T)
13:45 CAN James Gemmell (Teeing/Charge en T)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts : 
03:25 CAN Brad Bowden (Greg Westlake, Adam Dixon) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités : 
02:22 NOR Rolf Einar Pedersen (Elbowing/Donner du coude)
12:26 CAN Greg Westlake (Interference/Obstruction)
14:28 NOR Rolf Einar Pedersen (Roughing/Rudesse)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts : 
07:11 CAN Billy Bridges (Brad Bowden, Greg Westlake)
08:11 NOR Morten Værnes (Helge Bjørnstad, Eskil Hagen)
09:10 CAN Brad Bowden (Marc Dorion)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
09:39 NOR Eskil Hagen (Holding/Retenir)
11:26 CAN Scott Karasch (Roughing/Rudesse)
11:26 NOR Helge Bjørnstad (Roughing/Rudesse)
12:09 NOR Rolf Einar Pedersen (Roughing/Rudesse)
12:09 NOR Rolf Einar Pedersen (Roughing/Rudesse)
12:09 NOR Rolf Einar Pedersen (Misconduct/Inconduite)


Goaltenders - Gardiens de but
CAN Benoit St-Amand
NOR Roger Johansen
 
Shots on Goal – Tirs au but
1
2
3
Final
CAN
8
9
11
28
NOR
0
2
1
3