HOCKEY CANADA MEDIA RECAP – 2021 IPC World Para Hockey Championship (June 25, 2021)
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Canada’s National Para Hockey Team will play for gold at the 2021 IPC World Para Hockey Championship after beating RPC 2-1 in the semifinals on Friday.
- Liam Hickey (St. John’s, N.L.) lead the offence with a shorthanded goal and an assist.
- Tyler McGregor (Forest, Ont.) scored on the power play.
- Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) chipped in with one assist.
- Zach Lavin (Essex, Ont.) was named Player of the Game.
- Dominic Larocque (Quebec City, Que.) made six saves.
- Canada outshot RPC 13-7.
- A full game summary and recap can be found at HockeyCanada.ca.
Canada vs. United States (gold medal game) – Saturday, June 26 at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
All Team Canada games are livestreamed by the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
“It was a gutsy effort from our entire team today. Even when we were faced with adversity, our group stayed composed and focused on getting the win. Heading into tomorrow, we have an opportunity to bring home a gold medal and we know we will need to play our best game. This team is certainly up for the challenge.”
- Head coach Ken Babey (Saskatoon, Sask.) on playing for a gold medal
“Today’s game was a complete 45-minute battle from every player on our team. I am really proud of the effort of every single one of our guys, but especially our defencemen. We had quite a few penalties, but we must have had a pretty good penalty kill percentage because our defencemen were doing a great job of supporting [Larocque]. We came out ready to play and I think that was apparent in the way we battled every shift and took advantage of our scoring opportunities.”
- Bridges on the effort of Canada’s defence
“RPC was an unbelievable test for us. We had to kill off quite a few penalties, which is a testament to our resilience as a group. It took all 15 players to get the job done, and special teams ended up being the difference-maker with the shorthanded and power-play goals. I thought we played a really strong game overall, and despite the score being close I thought we had some great scoring opportunities that we could have capitalized on. It was a great team effort, and now we need to look ahead to tomorrow and focus on trying to win a gold medal.”
- McGregor on the challenge of facing RPC
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