2017 World Sledge Hockey Challenge

2017 World Sledge Hockey Challenge
Game #2
Preliminary
Final
December 3, 2017 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
3
3
8

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
1
0
2
8
13
13
34

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 0
2
0 / 1
0

Game Story

CANADA BLANKS SHORTHANDED ITALIANS IN WSHC OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.) had a hat trick to lead a balanced offence, helping Canada’s National Sledge Team to an 8-0 win over Italy in the opening game for both Sunday at the 2017 World Sledge Hockey Challenge.

The Italians iced only eight skaters and two goaltenders due to missed flights and missing equipment, but kept the game close until the dying minutes of the second period.

Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) and Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) added a goal and two assists each for the Canadians, who held Italy to just two shots on goal. Corbin Watson (Kingsville, Ont.) and Dominic Larocque (Quebec City, Que.) made a save apiece to share the shutout.

Canada was in charge early, scoring twice before five minutes had elapsed.

Bridges got the first at 1:17, splitting the Italian defence before beating a sprawling Santino Stilitano, and Bowden jumped on an offensive zone turnover and roofed a shot past Stilitano for a 2-0 lead just past the four-minute mark.

But the Italian netminder was the story from there, keeping it a two-goal game until late in the second period when the Canadians struck for three goals in less than three minutes.

Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) finished off a pretty feed from Bridges to make it 3-0 at 10:48, Bowden got his second off a won face-off at 11:32 and Dixon beat Stilitano through traffic to stretch the lead to five at 13:08.

Stilitano gave way to Gabriele Araudo to begin the third period, but the new puck-stopper failed to stop a puck, allowing three goals in three minutes before Stilitano took over goaltending duties again.

Bowden needed just 32 seconds of the third period to finish his hat trick, Liam Hickey (St. John’s, N.L.) went low for the seventh goal at 1:43 and Bryan Sholomicki (Winnipeg, Man.) snuck in the final marker 1:40 after that to cap the offensive output.

Stilitano finished with 26 saves in a terrific performance.

Canada continues the preliminary round Monday night against Korea (7 p.m. AT), right after Italy meets the United States (12 p.m. AT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Billy Bridges

Assists: Adam Dixon
01:17
GOAL
Goal: Brad Bowden

04:03
2nd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Dominic Larocque

07:16
GOAL
Goal: Greg Westlake

Assists: Billy Bridges, Adam Dixon
10:48
GOAL
Goal: Brad Bowden

Assists: Steve Arsenault, Liam Hickey
11:32
GOAL
Goal: Adam Dixon

Assists: James Dunn, Rob Armstrong
13:08
3rd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Gabriele Araudo

00:00
GOAL
Goal: Brad Bowden

Assists: Tyler McGregor, Greg Westlake
00:32
GOAL
Goal: Liam Hickey

Assists: Billy Bridges, Corbyn Smith
01:43
GOAL
Goal: Bryan Sholomicki

Assists: Tyrone Henry, Dominic Cozzolino
03:23
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Santino Stillitano

03:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Gianluca Cavaliere
Interference (2:00)
11:18

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Santino Stillitano ITA 41 31 26 5 0.839
Gabriele Araudo ITA 3 3 0 3 0.000
Corbin Watson CAN 22 1 1 0 1.000
Dominic Larocque CAN 22 1 1 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 5 - SV - 26 - SAV% - 0.839
GA 0 - SV - 1 - SAV% - 1.000
Goals 3 - Assists 0 - Points 3
G 3 - A 0 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3

Previous Games

3 - 6 L @ KoreaKOR
Dec 9, 2017
2 - 3 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 9, 2017
1 - 5 L @ United StatesUSA
Dec 7, 2017
8 - 0 W v KoreaKOR
Dec 7, 2017
2 - 3 L v KoreaKOR
Dec 6, 2017
2 - 5 L v United StatesUSA
Dec 6, 2017
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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