TORONTO, Ont. – After posting semifinal wins on Thursday, Canada and the United States will meet in the gold medal game at the 2013 World Sledge Hockey Challenge. Canada beat Korea 2-1 in the late semifinal, while the U.S. topped Russia 4-1 in the early game.
The puck will drop Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on the gold medal game, which can be seen live on TSN2, the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada. Check local listings for broadcast times in your area.
Tickets for the gold medal game are available for $15, plus applicable fees, online at www.hockeycanada.ca/wshc, or at the door at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
Saturday’s game is the fourth time in the last five World Sledge Hockey Challenges that Canada and the U.S. have met for gold, with the Canadians winning 4-1 in November 2011 in Calgary, Alta., and the Americans scoring a 1-0 win last December in Calgary, and a 3-2 overtime victory at the 2009 event in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Canada’s National Sledge Team is looking for its fifth gold medal at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge, also having won in November 2011 in Calgary, April 2011 in London, Ont., 2008 in Charlottetown and 2007 in Kelowna, B.C., in addition to claiming the 2009 and 2012 silver medals. The Americans have won three bronze medals at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge, to go along with gold last year and in 2009, and silver in November 2011.
In Thursday’s early semifinal, Josh Pauls scored twice, and Declan Farmer had a goal and two assists to lead the Americans past Russia. Paul Schaus had the other goal for the U.S., which took control with a three-goal second period.
In the late game, Tyler McGregor (Forest, Ont.) and Kevin Rempel (Vineland, Ont.) scored 26 seconds apart early in the first period to help the Canadians reach their seventh consecutive World Sledge Hockey Challenge gold medal game. Benoit St-Amand (St-Hubert, Que.) made six saves as Canada held off a late push from the Koreans.
Canada finished first in the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 record, including wins over Korea (5-2), Russia (5-3) and the U.S. (4-1). The Americans came second in preliminary round action, with victories over Russia (2-1) and Korea (5-0), along with their loss to Canada.
Korea and Russia will meet in the bronze medal game Saturday afternoon (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT), a game that will be webcast live and free at www.hockeycanada.ca/wshc.
Tickets for the bronze medal game are available for $10 each, including applicable fees, and can be purchased online at www.hockeycanada.ca/wshc, or in person at the MasterCard Centre.
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