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Para Worlds Preview: Canada vs. United States

Sunday, June 4 | 7 p.m. MT | Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan | Gold Medal Game

Shannon Coulter
June 4, 2023

The rivalry continues as Canada’s National Para Hockey Team meets the United States again in the gold medal game at the 2023 World Para Hockey Championship.

Last Game

The Canadians rebounded from a preliminary-round finale loss to the U.S. with a 5-0 shutout of Czechia on Saturday night in its semifinal. Dominic Cozzolino scored 26 seconds into the game, James Dunn scored two goals in 18 seconds and Zach Lavin added one of his own for a 4-0 lead after 15 minutes. Cozzolino rounded out the scoring in the third period, while Dominic Larocque made 11 saves for the shutout.

The United States booked its spot in the gold medal game with a 10-2 victory over China on Saturday afternoon. Declan Farmer had a hat trick and two assists, Malik Jones notched two goals and three helpers, and Brody Roybal also recorded a hat trick of his own. Jen Lee made two saves and Griffin LaMarre made three in the American win.

Last Meeting

Canada closed out the preliminary round on Wednesday with a 3-0 loss to the United States. Captain Tyler McGregor led the team with five shots on net, while Larocque made 14 saves.

What to Watch

Most of the Canada’s offence has come from the top line: Cozzolino, McGregor and Corbyn Smith. Together, the trio has combined for 23 points and 38 shots. Look for that chemistry to continue throughout Sunday’s game in Canada’s pursuit for gold.

On the other end of the ice, the Canadians face two talented netminders that have had strong tournaments. Together, Lee and LaMerre have given up only three goals. Heading into the gold medal game, Lee sports a .909 save percentage and LaMarre sits at .900.

Look Back

Although Canada has the historical edge over the United States, the Americans have been tough competition as of late. Canada has not beaten its southern neighbour in nearly two years, recording a 4-2 win on Oct. 29, 2021, during a two-game mini-series in St. Louis, Mo.

All-time record: Canada leads 59-56-1
Canada goals: 232
United States goals: 232

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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