HAMAR, Norway – Canada’s National Sledge Team will meet the Czech Republic for the bronze medal at the 2012 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship following a 2-1 loss to the United States in Thursday’s semifinal. Sunday’s bronze medal game (6:30 a.m. ET/3:30 a.m. PT) can be seen live via webcast at www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv.
In Thursday’s early semifinal, Korea beat the Czech Republic 2-0 to advance to the gold medal game for the first time ever.
Canada has only faced the Czech Republic once in international competition, earning a 3-0 preliminary round victory at the 2009 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship.
On Thursday, Canada got a goal from Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) midway through the third period to pull to within a goal but the Canadians could get no closer, falling to the Americans in the semifinals for the second consecutive world championship despite outshooting their North American rivals 16-6, including 7-0 in the final period.
“We came here with the mindset of winning a world championship, so obviously we’re disappointed,” said Mike Mondin, head coach of Canada’s National Sledge Team. “But we’ve still got an opportunity to win a medal, and we’re going to make sure we’re ready for the Czechs on Sunday.”
Canada finished first in Group B during the preliminary round with a 3-0 record, including wins over Italy (3-1), Korea (2-0) and Norway (4-1).
In five appearances at the IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship, Canada has won two gold medals (2000, 2008) and two bronze medals (1996, 2009), finishing fourth in 2004.
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