Game Summary
Canada 3 - United States 1
 

WESTLAKE, BOWDEN HAVE TWO POINTS EACH AS CANADA TAKES FIRST PLACE

CALGARY, Alta. – Anthony Gale (Brampton, Ont.), Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.) and Marc Dorion (Bourget, Ont.) scored the goals as Canada wrapped up first place in the preliminary round at the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge with a 3-1 win over the United States on Wednesday night.

The win sets up Canada vs. Japan in Thursday’s late semifinal (7 p.m. MT), while the U.S. will meet Norway in the early semi (noon MT) – rematches of Sunday’s opening-day games, won by Canada and the U.S.

Bowden added an assist to his goal, while captain Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) chipped in with two helpers in the win, Canada’s third in a row over the Americans at the tournament, dating back to the 2009 WSHC in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Canadian goaltender Benoit St-Amand (St-Hubert, Que.) made 15 saves for the win, none bigger than a first-period breakaway stop off Adam Page that would have pulled the Americans even.

Tim Jones scored the lone goal for the Americans, finishing off a shorthanded two-on-one with U.S. captain Taylor Chace late in the first period.

Sunday’s semifinals are rematches of the final four match-ups at the last World Sledge Hockey Challenge, held last April in London, Ont. Canada routed Japan 11-1, while Norway snuck past the U.S. 5-4.


Game Information
Game Number 6 Round Round Robin
Arena Markin MacPhail Centre - Rink A City, Country Calgary, Alta.
Month / Day / Year 11/30/2011 Time 07:00 PM MT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Canada (CAN) 1 1 1 3
United States (USA) 1 0 0 1

Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
   05:37 CAN 9 Anthony Gale (12 Greg Westlake, 27 Brad Bowden)
   18:29 USA 3 Tim Jones (19 Taylor Chace, 25 Kevin McKee) SH

Penalties:
   11:13 USA 3 Tim Jones (Roughing)
   11:17 CAN 18 Billy Bridges (Interference)
   16:35 USA 21 Alexi Salamone (Slashing)

Second Period
Goals:
   18:40 CAN 27 Brad Bowden (18 Billy Bridges, 12 Greg Westlake)

Penalties:
   04:45 CAN 29 Graeme Murray (Interference)
   10:41 CAN 18 Billy Bridges (Holding)

Third Period
Goals:
   19:05 CAN 7 Marc Dorion (5 Kevin Rempel)

Penalties:
   08:27 CAN 11 Adam Dixon (Interference)
   09:46 USA 21 Alexi Salamone (Interference)
   09:46 CAN 27 Brad Bowden (Interference)


Goaltenders
Canada
22 Benoît St-Amand On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
United States
34 Steve Cash On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Canada 8 6 5 19
United States 6 4 6 16

Player of the Game
Canada 18 Billy Bridges
United States 20 Adam Page
Officials
Referee Clayton Hall, Curtis Robb
Lines People Tyler Jensen