Adam Dixon scored in regulation time and the shootout as Canada defeated the U.S. 3-2 to conclude the preliminary round with a perfect record on Wednesday night at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge taking place this week in Bridgewater, N.S.
The Canadians opened the tournament Sunday with a convincing 5-1 victory over Russia and shutout South Korea 2-0 on Tuesday.
"It's great for us,’’ said Dixon. ‘’We've been working on a new system. We didn't do 100 per cent with it, but it was great to see some success. We'll tweak a few things, get it right and it'll help us through the tournament and the rest of the year.’’
Against the Russians, Canada jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes on goals by Greg Westlake, Rob Armstrong and Tyler McGregor. Billy Bridges and Adam Dixon added to the scoresheet in the second and third.
The Koreans appeared primed for a royal beating after falling to the Americans 8-1 in their opener. However they played stingy defence against the hosts to keep it very close. The game was scoreless until the last five minutes when Ben Delaney and McGregor ended the drama.
Canada faces the Koreans again in one of the semifinals on Thursday at 7 p.m. (local) and the medal games are on Saturday afternoon. All games take place at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre.
Canadian goaltender Corbin Watson made 27 saves against the Americans, the reigning world and Paralympic Games champions, the second highest total of saves in tournament history. The Americans had beaten Canada is their previous five encounters.
Bridges, a PEI native, and Dixon gave the Canadians one-goal leads in the first two periods but the Americans countered each time to send the game into extra-time.
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