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Four years in the making,
Canada’s Paralympic Hockey Team gets its rematch with the United States, looking to dethrone the three-time
defending Paralympic gold medallists and return to the top of the podium
for the first time since 2006.
Canada faced off with South Korea in its semifinal, cruising to
an 11-0 win. Tyler McGregor celebrated his birthday with four goals and two assists,
Billy Bridges netted a hat trick to bring his career total to 199 goals and
Liam Hickey added a goal and four helpers as the Canadians outshot the
Koreans by a whopping 43-3 margin.
The Americans matched Canada’s offensive effort in their semifinal against
host China, posting an 11-0 win of their own. Brody Roybal paced the
offence with four goals and two assists, while Declan Farmer had two goals
and four helpers. The U.S. outshot the Chinese 37-6.
Canada and the U.S. met in the prelim opener on March 5, and the Canadians
managed just nine shots on goal in
a 5-0 loss. Dominic Larocque made 17 saves through the first two periods before Adam
Kingsmill came in for the third, making four stops. Farmer led the red,
white and blue with a goal and three assists.
WHAT TO WATCH
The Canadian coaching staff has been making slight adjustments to the
lineup throughout the Games, the most significant coming in the semifinal
with Liam Hickey moved back to defence. The Newfoundlander spent most of
the past two seasons on the back end before returning to forward this year,
but the change seemed to work as Hickey put up five points in the first two
periods against the Koreans. Offence was lacking in the opener against the
U.S., will this move be enough to ignite it with gold on the line?
For the U.S., it begins and ends with Farmer. The overtime hero in the gold
medal game four years ago, the 24-year-old has posted a tournament-leading
15 points in three games in Beijing – four against Canada, five against
Korea and the six against China. Can he step up again when the stakes are
A LOOK BACK
It’s the 107th meeting between the Canada and the United States as the
Paralympics end the way they started.
Canada’s prelim loss dropped its record against its cross-border rivals to
0-4-1 at the Paralympics. That includes the
heartbreaking OT defeat in 2018, and a
3-0 semifinal setback four years before that.
Dating back to those 2014 Games, Canada is 1-10 against its cross-border
rivals in medal-round games. The lone win came in the gold medal game at
the 2017 IPC World Para Hockey Championship, when Tyler McGregor scored
twice in a
4-1 victory. Wins have been a little easier to come by in exhibitions or
preliminary-round games, including the most recent
4-2 victory during a two-game series in St. Louis last October.
All-time record: Canada leads 59-46-1
Canada goals: 223
United States goals: 189