SOCHI, Russia, March 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Corbin Watson (Kingsville, Ont.)
made 7 saves, but Canada's National Sledge Team couldn't find the back
of the net and dropped a 3-0 decision to the United States in a
Thursday semifinal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
The loss means Canada will face Norway for the bronze medal on Saturday
(5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT). It's the third consecutive Paralympics the
Canadians and Norwegians will meet for a medal, with the teams
splitting the previous two; Canada won gold in 2006, while Norway
earned bronze in 2010.
The U.S. and Russia will play for gold on Saturday (noon ET/9 a.m. PT).
Despite outshooting the U.S. 6-3 in the first period, the Americans
struck twice in the opening 15 minutes, both off the stick of
16-year-old Declan Farmer.
Just moments after U.S. netminder Steve Cash turned away Billy Bridges
(Summerside, P.E.I.) on an in close chance, the puck worked its way
down the boards to Farmer, who cut into the slot in front of the
Canadian net and, using Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) as a screen,
squeezed a shot through Watson.
With time ticking down in the period the young American struck again;
taking the puck at the face-off dot, Farmer's wrist shot went up and
over Anthony Gale (Brampton, Ont.) and short side on a surprised
Watson, who never saw the puck until it was past him.
Despite having back-to-back power plays to open the second period Canada
was unable to capitalize with the man advantage, and the U.S. extended
its lead even further just moments after the second of those penalties
This time, Farmer was on the set-up side, as he picked up a loose puck
on the end boards, circled the Canadian net and fed Josh Pauls, whose
shot found its way under a diving Watson for the 3-0 goal.
The third period was goalless, with the Canadians managing just a single
shot on goal, which came in the game's final minute.
Canada finished with an 11-10 advantage in shots.
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SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
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