World Sledge Hockey: Canada Blanks U.S.A. for Gold

Monday, April 22, 2013

GOYANG, SOUTH KOREAGraeme Murray scored the lone goal in Canada’s 1-0 gold-medal victory over the United States at the world sledge hockey championship on Saturday.

Corbin Watson recorded his fourth shutout of the tournament as the Canadians finished 5-0, outscoring opponents 20-3.

It is the third time Canada has won the event, having taken the top prize in 2000 and 2008. Canada was third last year in Hamar, Norway.

In a tight defensive battle, Murray of Gravenhurst, Ont., finally broke 2:07 into the second period off a pass from Anthony Gale. Watson, who hails from Kingsville, Ont., stopped five shots.

Captain Greg Westlake of Oakville was named the tournament’s top forward. He finished with five goals and three assists.

“I am extremely proud of our entire team today,” Canada’s head coach Mike Mondin said in a statement. “The players gave an incredible effort throughout the tournament and all season, and they were rewarded for their hard work.”

Russia claimed its first-ever world championship medal with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic for the bronze.

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