DELANEY SCORES IN NATIONAL TEAM DEBUT, CANADA BEATS CZECHS IN FOUR NATIONS OPENER
SOCHI, Russia – Ben Delaney (Ottawa, Ont.) scored in his first-ever game with Canada’s National Sledge Team, helping the Canadians to a 3-1 win over the Czech Republic in the opening game for both Tuesday at the Four Nations Tournament.
The game was the first of the 2013-14 season for Canada, which hopes to finish the campaign with a win at the same venue – Shayba Arena, which hosts the Paralympic gold medal game in mid-March.
Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) and Kevin Rempel (Vineland, Ont.) scored the other goals for Canada, which held a massive 26-3 advantage in shots on goal, including 17-0 in the first period.
Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) added two assists in the win.
Despite the huge edge in shots in the first period, the Canadians led just 1-0 after one thanks to a power play goal off the stick of Westlake.
The Czechs tied in on a power play of their own just 48 seconds into the third period, on just their second shot of the game, but Rempel restored the lead for Canada just over five minutes later on another man advantage.
Delaney gave the Canadians some breathing room just past the 10-minute mark of the final frame, capping the scoring.
Benoit St-Amand (St-Hubert, Que.) recorded the win in goal for Canada, making just two saves.
The Canadians try for a 2-0 start when they take on Norway on Wednesday (7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT) before closing out the preliminary round against the host Russians on Thursday (9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT).
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||1
|Date||Tuesday, August 27, 2013||Time/Heure||07:00 ET
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période
08:04 CAN Greg Westlake (Billy Bridges, Adam Dixon) PP/AN
06:39 CZE Miroslav Hrbek (Holding/Retenir)
07:16 CZE Bench/Banc (Too Many Players/Trop du joueurs)
13:05 CZE Pavel Kubes (Teeing/Charge en T)
|Second Period/Deuxième période
00:39 CAN Adam Dixon (Roughing/Rudesse)
12:59 CAN Billy Bridges (Roughing/Rudesse)
12:59 CZE Erik Fojtek (Roughing/Rudesse)
14:12 CAN Adam Dixon (Roughing/Rudesse)
|Third Period/Troisième période
00:48 CZE Pavel Kubes PP/AN
05:56 CAN Kevin Rempel (Brad Bowden) PP/AN
10:25 CAN Ben Delaney (Billy Bridges, Derek Whitson)
05:20 CZE Erik Fojtek (Interference/Obstruction)
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|