LONDON, Ont. – Canada’s National Sledge Team has advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge after completing the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 record.
Canada defeated the United States 3-1 on Monday, blanked Norway 14-0 on Tuesday and beat Japan 12-0 on Wednesday to clinch first place in the preliminary round.
The United States took second, Norway claimed third and Japan finished in fourth place. Semifinals take place this Friday, with Norway facing off against the United States at 12:30 p.m. ET and Canada taking on Japan at 7 p.m. ET at the Western Fair Sports Centre.
The semifinal winners will compete against each other in the gold medal game Saturday April 23 starting at 2 p.m. ET. The final matchup will be aired on the official Hockey Canada broadcaster TSN2 at 6 p.m. ET.
Both semifinals and the bronze medal game, which takes place at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, will be available online through hockeycanada.fasthockey.com for $7 per game.
Tickets for the remaining 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge games are available for $11 each, while medal round mini-packs featuring both semifinals and both medal round games are available for $40 each. They can be purchased online by visiting the official 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge website at www.hockeycanada.ca/wshc or at the Western Fair Sports Centre box office.
Canada’s National Sledge Team took silver at the 2009 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, P.E.I., but won gold medals at the event in 2007 in Kelowna, B.C. and 2008 in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The four teams competing in London this week were the top four finishers at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.