The rivalry continues as
Canada’s National Para Hockey Team meets the United States again in the gold medal game at the 2023 World
Para Hockey Championship.
The Canadians rebounded from a preliminary-round finale loss to the U.S.
a 5-0 shutout of Czechia on Saturday night in its semifinal
. Dominic Cozzolino scored 26 seconds into the game, James Dunn scored two
goals in 18 seconds and Zach Lavin added one of his own for a 4-0 lead after
15 minutes. Cozzolino rounded out the scoring in the third period, while
Dominic Larocque made 11 saves for the shutout.
The United States booked its spot in the gold medal game with
a 10-2 victory over China
on Saturday afternoon. Declan Farmer had a hat trick and two assists, Malik
Jones notched two goals and three helpers, and Brody Roybal also recorded a
hat trick of his own. Jen Lee made two saves and Griffin LaMarre made three
in the American win.
Canada closed out the preliminary round on Wednesday with
a 3-0 loss to the United States. Captain Tyler McGregor led the team with five shots on net, while Larocque
made 14 saves.
What to Watch
Most of the Canada’s offence has come from the top line: Cozzolino, McGregor
and Corbyn Smith. Together, the trio has combined for 23 points and 38
shots. Look for that chemistry to continue throughout Sunday’s game in
Canada’s pursuit for gold.
On the other end of the ice, the Canadians face two talented netminders that
have had strong tournaments. Together, Lee and LaMerre have given up only
three goals. Heading into the gold medal game, Lee sports a .909 save
percentage and LaMarre sits at .900.
Although Canada has the historical edge over the United States, the
Americans have been tough competition as of late. Canada has not beaten its
southern neighbour in nearly two years, recording a
4-2 win on Oct. 29, 2021, during a two-game mini-series in St. Louis, Mo.
All-time record: Canada leads 59-56-1
Canada goals: 232
United States goals: 232