Last night, the Canada national sledge hockey team defeated South Korea 8 – 0 in 2015 world sledge hockey challenge opener. Canada took an early 3 – 0 lead into the end of the first period. The second period ended 7 – 0, and Canada only put one more goal in in the third.
Brad Bowden opened scoring in the game in the first period at the 7:13 mark, and would go on to score two more goals, and assisted on two goals. Adam Dixon scored his lone goal 28 seconds after Bowden’s and would later add an assist to his tally. Tyler McGregor, Marc Dorion,Ben Delaney, and Kevin Rempel each scored a goal. Captain Greg Westlake had three assists. Canadian goalkeeper Corbin Watson racked up ten saves. His counterpart, Man-Gyun Yu, had 14 saves on 22 total shots.
Following the game, Bowden was quoted by The Canadian Press as saying, “Everyone on our team has a role that they have to fill sometimes, some nights it changes depending on how the games are going but tonight I felt like it was our line’s job to get some energy going and to put that first goal in. […] Thankfully we did that. […] For some of the new guys I think (winning) helps them relax a bit. […] I know some of them had some nerves at the start but they loosened up against Korea.”
The Canadian roster for this competition includes includes Adam Dixon, Anthony Gale, Ben Delaney, Brad Bowden, Bryan Sholomicki, Chris Cederstrand, Corbin Watson, Derek Whitson, Dominic Larocque, Greg Westlake, James Gemmell, Kevin Rempel, Kevin Sorley, Kieran Block, Marc Dorion, Steve Arsenault, and Tyler McGregor.
For the South Koreans, the tournament is a warm up for the B-Pool World Championships include Sweden, Slovakia, South Korea, Great Britain, Poland and Finland who qualified yesterday following a playoff qualifier against Austria. Earlier this month, the team was in California training with the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation’s San Diego Ducks. The the Sledge Hockey B World Championships scheduled to get underway from March 15 to 21 in Ostersund, Sweden.