Canadian Paralympic Committee
Canada’s National Para Hockey Team is back in the gold medal game at the IPC World Para Hockey Championship
for the fifth-consecutive tournament, taking on cross-border rival the
United States in search of its fifth world title.
2-1 win over RPC on Friday may appear to be a tight contest on paper, but in reality, the
Canadians controlled most of the game play despite running into penalty
trouble. Liam Hickey opened the scoring while shorthanded early and RPC did
not record a single shot on goal in either the first or third periods
thanks to great team defence. Tyler McGregor scored the game-winner for
Canada in the second period, while Dominic Larocque stopped six of seven
shots, all in the middle frame.
The U.S. win over South Korea was a much more emphatic 9-0 victory. Josh
Pauls led the way with two goals and two assists for the Americans, who
allowed just a single shot – in the third period – while hammering Korean
goaltender Jae Woong Lee with 47.
Canada opened the 2021 para worlds with a
2-1 win over the Americans, in what was its toughest challenge to date. James Dunn, who was injured
in the game and ruled out for the rest of the tournament, and McGregor
scored in the win. Larocque faced more shots in this one game than his
other two appearances combined, stopping 15 of 16.
WHAT TO WATCH
If history is any indicator, this game will be fast, hard-hitting and
Hickey is often a key contributor in any Canadian win. His furious speed
and ability to start plays will make him a target for the American defence.
Canada will need to keep the attack balanced and moving quickly to avoid
too much attention on the East Coast product.
Since its game against Canada in the preliminary round, the U.S. has not
been challenged. But it has also not slowed its pace. The Americans have
managed 130 shots over their last three games, while only giving up four.
Their defense hasn’t been tested much and could take some time getting back
to pace with the Canadian attack.
A LOOK BACK
It’s the 103rd meeting between the North Americans, and the fifth with a
world title on the line.
The run began in 2013, when Canada picked up its
third world title with a 1-0 win thanks to a Graeme Murray goal. After
a 3-0 loss in 2015, Canadians won their most recent title in 2017 with familiar names
McGregor and Hickey
hitting the scoresheet in a 4-1 victory. Billy Bridges also had three assists, a trend he’s been continuing in
The most recent golden game came in 2019 (also in Ostrava), when
the U.S. defeated Canada 3-2 in overtime. Despite having the lead twice in the game, including with less than four
minutes to go, Canada was unable to seal the win. McGregor and Rob
Armstrong scored, while Larocque made 19 saves in the loss.
All-time record: Canada leads 58-43-1
Canada goals: 217
United States goals: 173