Canada opens Para Hockey Cup with dominant win over Italy

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Canada’s nationwide Para hockey workforce began sturdy on the 2022 Para Hockey Cup with a dominant 8-0 win over Italy on Sunday in Bridgewater, N.S.

Six totally different Canadians delivered multi-point performances, with James Dunn’s hat trick main the best way. Canada’s 48 pictures on purpose set a brand new Para Hockey Cup document for many pictures in a sport by one workforce, together with 20 within the first interval alone.

“I believed we put collectively a stable effort tonight. It’s a particular feeling being on residence ice, and I believe the fellows fed off it,” stated Canadian ahead Corbyn Smith.

“Credit to their goalie, he made loads of saves within the first interval, however we caught with it and knew that he cannot cease all of them. We did not stray from our sport, they usually began to go in.”

Dunn additionally picked up an help, whereas captain Tyler McGregor added a pair of objectives and Jacob Leblanc scored his first worldwide purpose. Smith collected a purpose and an help, and defenceman Zach Lavin added Canada’s eighth purpose.

Jean-François Huneault and Dominic Larocque mixed to make eight saves for the shutout.

Dominic Cozzolino, Auren Halbert and Anton Jacobs-Webb every collected two assists for the Canadians, who will subsequent face Czechia of their second sport of the preliminary spherical on Monday at 6 p.m. ET.

Canada will shut out the preliminary spherical in opposition to the rival United States on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET — a rematch of the gold-medal sport from the Beijing Paralympics final March. The Americans additionally defeated Canada for gold in September on the International Para Hockey Cup in Ostrava.

Watch dwell protection of Canada’s preliminary-round video games on Hockey Canada’s YouTube channel.

The four-team Para Hockey Cup was final held in 2019 in Paradise, N.L., however was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Dunn was glad to be again on residence ice, saying the cheering crowd on the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre lifted the workforce up.

“I used to be so excited to be again enjoying on residence ice. It’s been a very long time since we have been in Canada. To play in entrance of our followers and listen to them cheering us on gave everybody in that room a lift at present. It was an awesome win by the group,” Dunn stated.

Led by first-year head coach Russ Herrington, Canada’s 20-man roster boasts a combination of Paralympic veterans and youthful expertise, with 10 gamers from the workforce that gained silver in Beijing.

Canada is trying to find its first gold medal on the event since 2013.

The defending champion U.S. squad cruised previous Czechia with a 10-0 win to open the event earlier within the day.

Star ahead Declan Farmer had a five-point efficiency with a hat trick and two assists, whereas Ben Musselman collected two objectives and two assists in a sport that noticed the Americans outshoot the Czechs 34-9.

Canada’s schedule

  • Monday, Nov. 28: Canada vs. Czechia (6 p.m. ET)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30: Canada vs. United States (6 p.m. ET)

Canada’s roster

Forwards:

  • #4 James Dunn — Wallacetown, Ont.
  • #8 Tyler McGregor — Forest, Ont.
  • #9 Corbyn Smith — Monkton, Ont.
  • #13 Vincent Boily — Alma, Que.
  • #19 Dominic Cozzolino — Mississauga, Ont.
  • #20 Jacob Leblanc — Moncton, N.B.
  • #21 Alexis Auclair — Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.
  • #22 Matteo Pellizzari — Vancouver
  • #23 Liam Hickey — St. John’s
  • #26 Anton Jacobs-Webb  — Gatineau, Que.
  • #98 Mathieu Lelièvre — Levis, Que.

Defencemen:

  • #2 Rod Crane — Clarksburg, Ont.
  • #5 Tyrone Henry — Ottawa
  • #7 Zach Lavin — Essex, Ont.
  • #11 Adam Dixon — Midland, Ont.
  • #29 Micah Kovacevich — Edmonton
  • #61 Rob Armstrong — Erin, Ont.
  • #92 Auren Halbert — Calgary

Goaltenders:

  • #30 Jean-François Huneault — Saint-Eustache, Que.
  • #31 Dominic Larocque — Quebec City

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