Canada’s National Sledge Development Team beat Team USA 4-1

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33rd Défi sportif AlterGo, Montreal, April 25-May 1, 2016

DAVID BRIEN

MONTREAL, Que. – Stefano Tamburello (Bradford, Ont.) had a goal and an assist to pace the offence and lead Canada’s National Sledge Development Team to a 4-1 win over the United States on Friday as part of the Défi sportif AlterGo.

The game was the first in a three-game weekend series between the North American rivals.

Branden Sison (Edmonton, Alta.), Aurélien Bucquet (Saint-Rémi, Que.) and Coalton Martin (Six Nations, Ont.) had the other goals for Canada, and Mathieu Trudeau (Saint-Isadore, Que.) added two assists.

The U.S. limited Canada to just a single shot on goal in the first period, and took a 1-0 lead midway through the opening frame when Kyle Zych beat goaltender Tyson Rietveld (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.) with a quick wrist shot from the face-off dot.

But the Canadian offence would get on track in the second; Tamburello tied the game just 3:56 in, picking up a bank pass from Trudeau and beating U.S. goaltender Kyle Huckaby under his glove.

Sison put Canada ahead for the first time at 12:09, taking a feed from Francis Lacombe (Saint-Zotique, Que.) and converting on a breakaway opportunity to make it a 2-1 game after two periods.

The Canadians took advantage of their scoring chances in the final 15 minutes, scoring on both shots they recorded in the period.

Bucquet made it 3-1 just 52 seconds into the final stanza, taking a pass from Tamburello and going up and over Huckaby through traffic, and Martin capitalized on a loose puck that was sitting in the crease, tucking it under the American netminder at 2:11.

The U.S. replaced Huckaby with Griffin LaMarre, but he didn’t face a shot the rest of the way.

The series continues Saturday night at the Aréna Howie-Morenz (7:30 p.m. ET), before wrapping up on Sunday afternoon (1:30 p.m. ET).

The 33rd Défi sportif AlterGo is an international event designed to bring together both elite and up-and-coming athletes with disabilities. The seven-day event hosts approximately 5,000 athletes from 20 countries who compete in venues throughout Montreal and the South Shore.

Quotes

“Many of the players didn’t know much about our system, so we had a few days to practice on site in Montreal before the competition. I’m happy with our effort, but I think we can be better. Team USA played a great game; they had good chances in the beginning of the game and they kept battling until the end. I’m pretty sure it will be a tight series.”

            – Brandon Reid, head coach, Canada’s National Sledge Development Team

“[Playing for Team Canada] was awesome. Some of us were a little bit nervous at the beginning of the game wearing the Team Canada jersey for the first time. That might be why we started off a little slow, but we are happy with the way we finished the game. We’re looking forward to tomorrow, and we know Team USA will want to bounce back.”

            – Zach Savage, Westlock, Alta.

The 33rd Défi sportif AlterGo is an international event designed to bring together both elite and up-and-coming athletes with disabilities. The seven-day event hosts approximately 5,000 athletes from 20 countries who compete in venues throughout Montreal and the South Shore.

 

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