Japan 0 - Canada 11
DORION’S HAT TRICK LEADS CANADA IN TOURNAMENT-OPENING ROMP
CALGARY, Alta. – Marc Dorion (Bourget, Ont.) scored a hat trick and added an assist to pace the offence as Canada’s National Sledge Team opened the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge with an 11-0 rout of Japan on Sunday night.
The Canadians kicked off defence of their gold medal with their third-largest margin of victory ever at the tournament; only wins over Norway (14-0) and Japan (12-0) on back-to-back days at the April 2011 event were bigger.
Graeme Murray (Gravenhurst, Ont.) was the only other Canadian to score more than once, connecting twice in an eight-goal first period that tied the tournament mark for goals in a period.
Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont,), Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.), Dominic Larocque (Quebec City, Que.), Brendan Blanchard (Chatham, Ont.), Kieran Block (Edmonton, Alta.) and Kevin Rempel (Vineland, Ont.) had the other goals for Canada, which got points from 12 different players.
Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) joined Dorion as high scorer thanks to a four-assist effort, while Block and Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont) had three points apiece.
Rookie forward Tyler McGregor (Forest, Ont.) picked up his first career points in his national team debut, registering two assists, while Blanchard recorded his first point on his first-period goal.
Canadian netminder Benoit St-Amand (St-Hubert, Que.) was not busy, making just two saves to record the shutout, none after the first period. Canada held a 28-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Canada is right back at it Monday afternoon, meeting Norway in the day’s matinee contest (noon MT), while Japan looks to rebound when it faces the U.S. in the night cap (7 p.m. MT).
|Game Number||2||Round||Round Robin|
|Arena||Markin MacPhail Centre - Rink A||City, Country||Calgary, Alta.|
|Month / Day / Year||12/02/2012||Time||04:00 PM MT|
02:46 CAN 7 Marc Dorion (18 Billy Bridges)
04:16 CAN 27 Brad Bowden (26 Dominic Larocque) PP
06:10 CAN 29 Graeme Murray (23 Kieran Block)
06:50 CAN 11 Adam Dixon (12 Greg Westlake, 25 James Gemmell)
09:49 CAN 26 Dominic Larocque (18 Billy Bridges, 12 Greg Westlake)
12:50 CAN 29 Graeme Murray (8 Tyler McGregor, 23 Kieran Block)
13:09 CAN 7 Marc Dorion (18 Billy Bridges, 12 Greg Westlake)
14:09 CAN 24 Brendan Blanchard (27 Brad Bowden)
05:20 CAN 7 Marc Dorion
14:11 CAN 23 Kieran Block (8 Tyler McGregor)
03:03 CAN 5 Kevin Rempel (7 Marc Dorion, 18 Billy Bridges)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
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