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Russia and Canada win on opening day of ice hockey at 2015 Winter Deaflympics

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In yesterday’s opening day of men’s ice hockey at the 2015 Winter Deaflympics at Arena Ugra in Russia, the host nation and Canada both came away winners.  Russia defeated Kazakhstan 9 – 0, while Canada ha a much closer game in their 4 – 2 defeat of the United States. Finland has yet to play.



With goal difference, Russia currently leads the tournament, with Canada in second, Finland in third, the United States in fourth and Kazakhstan last.  Placement at the end of round robin play will determine who plays in the medal games scheduled for next Sunday.


Russia is scheduled to play their next match on Wednesday when they meet the United States.   On the United States side, they are back in action today when they play Finland at 3:00 PM local time, then they are off for scheduled training day, and then they meet Russia on Wednesday.  The have 14 skaters and two 2 goalkeeper deep USA side includes  Jeffrey Mansfield and Joe Lingle. The Canadian roster includes Steve Devine, Andrew Hughes, Scott Nelson, Code McIntyre, Owen Hunter, Thomas Kyle, Jesse McIntyre, Matthew Sheffield, John Kyle, Jamie Newell, Ryan Howich, Graeme Lauersen and others.  The Canadians have a much deeper pool of players in Russia than the Americans.





Hockey standings.  Image credit: 2015 Winter Deaflympics

Hockey standings. Image credit: 2015 Winter Deaflympics

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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