2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge

2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge
Game #2
Prelim
Final
December 4, 2016 5:00 pm AST
MacLauchlan Arena
Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
3

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
3
1
3
7
9
8
4
21

Statistics

PP
PIM
0 / 2
4
0 / 2
4

Game Story

CANADA OPENS WITH SHUTOUT OVER NORWAY

WENDY GRAVES

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.), Ben Delaney (Ottawa, Ont.) and Bryan Sholomicki (Winnipeg, Man.) scored, Dominic Larocque (Quebec City, Que.) was perfect in net and Canada’s National Sledge Team opened with a 3-0 win over Norway at the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge.

It was Larocque’s fifth career shutout with the team.

Rob Armstrong (Erin, Ont.), Corbyn Smith (Monkton, Ont.), Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) and James Gemmell (Quesnel, B.C.) all had an assist.

Kjell Christian Hamar made 18 saves in net for Norway.

Canada has now won all 10 meetings between the teams at the tournament.

Canada took the lead only 2:15 in. Armstrong left a drop pass for Westlake in the left circle; the captain found the far low corner from just above the goal line. Smith picked up the second assist on the goal for his first point with Canada’s National Sledge Team.

Canada wanted to play a more up-tempo game this season, and its plan was on full display in the form of rookie Liam Hickey (St. John’s, N.L), who twice in the opening period pulled away from multiple defenders to create scoring chances for himself.

At the same time, Canada limited Norway’s offensive opportunities. It took 9:40 – more than half the first period – for Norway to register its first shot on net.

Already holding most of the momentum throughout the period, Canada added a second goal three seconds before the intermission. Delaney pounced on a loose puck down low for an unassisted tally.

It was all Canada in the second period as well, with the team outshooting Norway 8-1 over the 15 minutes.

Sholomicki finished high off a cross-ice pass from Bridges to make it 3-0 with just over two minutes remaining in that middle frame. The Canadians’ lead could’ve been more if not for the three posts it hit to that point.

An aggressive Canadian forecheck kept the Norwegians on their heels for most of the game. Norway’s short bench – the team dressed only eight forwards and three defencemen – also didn’t allow the team to counter with as much energy as the Canadians attacked with.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Greg Westlake

Assists: Anthony Culmone, Antoine Lehoux
02:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Kevin Sorley
Teeing (2:00)
08:40
GOAL
Goal: Ben Delaney

14:57
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Thommas Avdal
Holding (2:00)
04:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Thommas Avdal
Holding (2:00)
08:51
GOAL
Goal: Bryan Sholomicki

Assists: Billy Bridges, James Gemmell
12:52
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Kevin Sorley
Roughing (2:00)
11:11

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Kjell Christian Hamar NOR 45 21 18 3 0.857
Dominic Larocque CAN 45 7 7 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 3 - SV - 18 - SAV% - 0.857
GA 0 - SV - 7 - SAV% - 1.000
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

2 - 1 W v KoreaKOR
Dec 10, 2016
2 - 5 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 10, 2016
0 - 6 L @ CanadaCAN
Dec 8, 2016
6 - 0 W v NorwayNOR
Dec 8, 2016
3 - 1 W v KoreaKOR
Dec 7, 2016
1 - 2 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 7, 2016
Videos
Photos
2016-17 NMT: CAN 5 – HCL 2 (Championship)
Three second-period goals helped Canada to its 14th Spengler Cup.
2016-17 NMT: CAN 3 – MIN 2 (Semifinal)
Marc-Antoine Pouliot had three points, and Canada advanced to the Spengler Cup championship game.
2016-17 NMT: CAN 5 – MHK 1 (Quarter-Final)
Raymond, Gormley and Ebbett had 1G 2A each, and Canada advanced.
2016-17 NMT - CAN 4 – HCD 3 (Preliminary)
Ebbett scored the winner, and Canada edged the Spengler Cup hosts.
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