After edging Czechia on Tuesday,
Canada’s National Para Hockey Team looks to carry that momentum into its game against the United States in
hopes of remaining perfect through the preliminary round at the 2023 World
Para Hockey Championship.
Canada remained undefeated in the prelims after
edging Czechia 2-1 on Tuesday night
. Tyler McGregor opened scoring for the second game in a row and Adam Dixon
scored the game-winning goal on the power play in the second period. Dominic
Larocque made nine saves between the pipes for Canada.
The United States downed Korea 9-0 on Tuesday to stay perfect in the
prelims, with Declan Farmer getting it done offensively. Farmer opened the
scoring for the Americans with a goal 61 seconds into the game and completed
the hat trick later in the game. Travis Dodson, Noah Grove and Christopher
Douglas also found their way onto the scoresheet with three points each.
Canada dropped a heartbreaker back in March,
losing 2-1 in the final game a three-game series in Elmira, Ont. Corbyn Smith tied the game in the third period on the power
play, but the Americans answered with one second remaining in regulation to
sweep Canada. Dominic Larocque kept the Canadians
in the game, making 21 saves.
What to Watch
A veteran on Canada’s National Para Hockey Team, Dixon’s two-way play allows him to make an impact on both ends of the ice. With a goal last night, Dixon is
now two points away from 250 in his Team Canada career. With three goals and three helpers through two games in
Moose Jaw, it’s only a matter of time before the 33-year-old reaches the
Farmer and Brody Roybal have been a powerful offensive duo for the
Americans for the last half of the decade. The pair combined for 30 points
at the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing and have registered seven points
together so far in Moose Jaw. A big part of Canada’s success will come from
limiting scoring opportunities by these two offensive dynamos.
A Look Back
Although Canada has the historical edge over the United States, the
Americans have been tough competition as of late. Canada has not beaten its
southern neighbour in nearly two years, recording a
4-2 win on Oct. 29, 2021, during a two-game series in St. Louis, Mo.
All-time record: Canada leads 59-55-1
Canada goals: 232
United States goals: 229