by Keegan Goodrich
March 15, 2014, SOCHI, Russia – Canada’s National Sledge Team has won the bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, defeating Norway 3-0 in Saturday’s bronze medal game at Shayba Arena.
The medal is Canada’s fourth all-time at the Paralympics; it won gold in 2006 in Torino, Italy, silver in 1998 in Nagano, Japan, and bronze in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway, in addition to this year’s third-place finish.
Saturday’s contest was a rematch of the bronze medal game at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, B.C., won 2-1 by the Norwegians, and a rematch of last Sunday’s preliminary round match-up, a 4-0 victory for the Canadians.
Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) scored twice to lead the Canadian offence, while Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.) added the other goal as Canada found the back of the net three times in 6:12 early in the second period to break open a scoreless game. Bowden finished with a goal and two assists, and Corbin Watson (Kingsville, Ont.) made 10 saves for his third shutout in four games.
During the preliminary round, Canada finished atop Group A with a perfect 3-0 record, earning wins over Sweden (10-1) and the Czech Republic (1-0) in addition to its victory over Norway. The Canadians were blanked 3-0 by the United States in their semifinal.
CANADA’S NATIONAL SLEDGE TEAM RETURN FLIGHTS
Please note that all flights are listed as local time in the arrival cities. Flights are subject to change.
TUESDAY, MARCH 18
Toronto, Ont. | 8:40 p.m. | AC6697 Steve Arsenault, Brad Bowden, Billy Bridges, Adam Dixon, Anthony Gale, James Gemmell, Curtis Hunt (assistant coach), Karl Ludwig, Tyler McGregor, Mike Mondin (head coach), Graeme Murray, Kevin Rempel, Greg Westlake, Derek Whitson
Ottawa, Ont. | 11:36 p.m. | AC470 Ben Delaney, Marc Dorion
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19
Montreal, Que. | 12:18 a.m. | AC112 Benoit St-Amand
Windsor, Ont. | 12:31 a.m. | AC7761 Corbin Watson
Quebec City, Que. | 12:32 a.m. | AC8928 Dominic Larocque
For more information on Canada’s National Sledge Team, the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, and Hockey Canada’s sledge hockey programs, visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.facebook.com/hcsledge, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_sledge.