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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Canada’s National Para Hockey Team dropped the finale of its two-game series against the United States, falling 4-1 to the Americans on Saturday night at the Centene Community Ice Center.
• Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) scored the lone Canadian goal with less than two minutes left in the third period.
• James Dunn (Wallacetown, Ont.) and Tyler McGregor (Forest, Ont.) earned assists.
• Adam Kingsmill (Smithers, B.C.) turned aside 13 shots.
• The U.S. outshot Canada 16-9.
The full season schedule for Canada’s National Para Hockey Team ahead of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games will be announced in the coming weeks, while the final roster for Beijing is tentatively scheduled to be unveiled in February.
“[The series] gives us a good sense of where we are at with our team, but also as individuals and how our guys are matching up [with the Americans]. We are playing against the defending Paralympic champions and world champions, and they are the measuring stick for us. We learned a lot about our team this week, but we still have some work to do when we get back home to Canada.”
- Head coach Ken Babey (Calgary, Alta.) on playing the United States early in the season
“I got a solid chance as our power play expired, and any time you can get an offensive position like that you have to make the most of it. I did not see a lot of power play time, so I appreciated being in that position. James Dunn made a great pass to me, and he played two great games this weekend. I thought he was our best player yesterday and he was one of our best forwards again tonight.”
- Westlake on his goal and the play of Dunn
“You get pretty tired of only competing against our own team, especially since that is what we have been doing for the past few years. [The United States] brings out the best in us in terms of competition, and playing them allows us to get better and overcome certain situations that we do not necessarily get to experience in camps. We hope to have the opportunity to compete against them quite a bit this year, and I think that will be beneficial for us long-term.”
- McGregor on the two-game series
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