Game Summary
Japan 0 - Canada 8

 

BRIDGES’ THREE POINTS LEAD CANADA TO OPENING WIN

CALGARY, Alta. – Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) scored twice and added an assist, Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) and Kevin Rempel (Vineland, Ont.) scored two goals apiece and Canada opened the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge with an 8-0 win over Japan on Sunday afternoon.

The win is the 100th all time for Canada’s National Sledge Team since coming under the Hockey Canada umbrella in 2004.

Westlake and Bridges scored power play goals in the first period, taking advantage of Canada’s first two opportunities with the man advantage, and Westlake and Rempel added goals in the second to give the Canadians a four-goal advantage through 40 minutes.

Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.), Rempel, Bridges and Kieran Block (Edmonton, Alta.) – with his first international goal in his Team Canada debut – rounded out the scoring in the third to keep Canada unbeaten against the Japanese at the tournament.

Dixon also added an assist, joining Bridges, Rempel and Westlake with multiple-point games.

Benoit St-Amand (St-Hubert, Que.) made eight saves for the shutout.

Canada looks to improve to 2-0 Monday when it takes on Norway (7 p.m. MT), while Japan will take on the United States in Monday’s matinee (noon  MT) at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex.


Game Information
Game Number 1 Round Round Robin
Arena Markin MacPhail Centre - Rink A City, Country Calgary, Alta.
Month / Day / Year 11/27/2011 Time 12:00 PM MT
Attendance
Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Japan (JPN) 0 0 0 0
Canada (CAN) 2 2 4 8

Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
   02:44 CAN 12 Greg Westlake (27 Brad Bowden) PP
   14:31 CAN 18 Billy Bridges (11 Adam Dixon) PP

Penalties:
   01:09 JPN 55 Kazuhiro Takahashi (Holding)
   05:46 CAN 27 Brad Bowden (Interference)
   13:29 JPN 27 Mikio Annaka (Hooking)
   19:53 CAN 12 Greg Westlake (Teeing)

Second Period
Goals:
   08:35 CAN 12 Greg Westlake 
   16:19 CAN 5 Kevin Rempel 

Penalties:
   04:14 JPN 29 Tomohiko Maruo (Elbowing)
   12:18 CAN 25 James Gemmell (Interference)

Third Period
Goals:
   10:39 CAN 11 Adam Dixon 
   13:56 CAN 5 Kevin Rempel (7 Marc Dorion)
   17:46 CAN 18 Billy Bridges 
   19:39 CAN 23 Kieran Block (18 Billy Bridges)

Penalties:
   None


Goaltenders
Japan
21 Shinobu Fukushima On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Canada
22 Benoît St-Amand On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Japan 2 3 3 8
Canada 5 9 11 25

Player of the Game
Canada 11 Adam Dixon
Japan 10 Takayuki Endo