Weekend Wrap - Canada wins silver, qualifies for worlds at Americas Championships

September 11, 2017

ASUNCION, Paraguay – Canada won the silver medal on Saturday September 9 at the Americas Championships wheelchair rugby tournament and qualified for the 2018 World Championships.

The Canadians won six of their eight matches in the tournament with their two losses to the USA. Once in the round robin and in the championship final 54-43. The Canadians trailed 27-25 at the half and 39-35 after three quarters.

Brazil defeated Colombia 48-42 for the bronze.

Canada was led by veterans Cody Caldwell, Patrice Dagenais, Trevor Hirschfield, Fabien Lavoie, Travis Murao and Mike Whitehead.  The six players making their Americas Championship debut were Kristen Cameron, Anthony Letourneau, Branden Troutman, Shayne Smith, Matt Debly and Eric Rodrigues.  

Team Canada Para ice hockey camp ends

CALGARY (Hockey Canada)– Dominic Cozzolino (Mississauga, Ont.) scored the winner late in the first period, and Canada Red held off a late push by Canada White to earn a 2-1 victory in the final intrasquad game Saturday at Canada’s National Sledge Team selection camp.

(photo Hockey Canada)

Red earned a split of the intrasquad series – White got a 3-2 win Wednesday – and handed White its first loss. Both teams finished camp with identical 3-1 records, including two wins apiece over South Korea.

Hockey Canada invited 29 players to attend its September Showcase and selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

A 20-player roster will be selected on Monday (September 11) and the evaluation process will continue as the roster is pared down to the 17 players who will be selected to go for gold for their country at the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, next March.

Canadian rosters: https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/team-canada/men/sledge/2017-18/selection-camp/stats/team-rosters

Canadian wheelchair racers second and third in British race

LONDON – Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., extended his dream season on Saturday with a silver medal performance in the men’s half-marathon wheelchair race at the Great North Run competition.

(photo courtesy @BrentLak)

Simon Lawson of Britain took the gold in 44 minutes and 22 seconds followed by Lakatos in 44.27 and Josh Cassdy of Guelph, Ont., third in 44.57.

Lakatos was a quadruple gold medallist this past July at the Para athletics world championships in London.