TUESDAY’S NOTES (March 8): 2022 Paralympic Winter Games
BEIJING, China – Canada’s Paralympic Hockey Team clinched a spot in the semifinals at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games after downing Korea 6-0 in its final preliminary-round game on Tuesday.
- James Dunn (Wallacetown, Ont.) recorded a hat trick and added an assist.
- Tyler McGregor (Forest, Ont.) and Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) chipped in with a goal and an assist each.
- Liam Hickey (St. John’s, N.L) rounded out the scoring.
- Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) contributed a pair of assists.
- Dominic Larocque (Quebec City, Que.) made four saves to earn the shutout.
- Canada outshot Korea 42-4.
Canada vs. TBD (semifinal) – Thursday, March 10 (11:05 p.m. ET/8:05 p.m. PT)
“We played a solid, consistent game and had three good periods overall. We found ourselves in some penalty trouble, but we were able to get out of those situations without giving up a goal. Our guys stayed with it and did not get rattled by those penalties. We were able to create a lot of offence after those penalty kills, but the Korean goaltender was outstanding today. We had over 40 shots and their goaltending made our lives difficult. I also love that [James] Dunn had a breakout game, and we had important contributions from a lot of key players.”
– Head coach Ken Babey (Calgary, Alta.) on today’s performance
“It is an amazing feeling [to score a hat trick at the Paralympics], but I would not be able to do it without the other guys on the team. It was important for us have a strong game today and continue to build our confidence for the next few games. We really focused on our systems and wanted to make sure we were fine-tuning our game, and now we need to focus on our semifinal.”
– Dunn on scoring a hat trick
“The best part about our team is that we are so diverse in terms of age, abilities and roles, and all 15 guys contributed the best they could. We have so much talent on this team, and that includes a lot of young players that played with so much confidence today. It was awesome to see some of our young players step up have a performance like they did against Korea, and I am sure the best is still to come.”
– Bridges on the confidence of the team’s young players
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