MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Canada’s National Para Hockey Team lost the second game of their two-game series to the United States, losing 4-1 to the Americans on Saturday night at the Centene Community Ice Center.
- Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) scored the only Canadian goal with less than two minutes left in the third period.
- James Dunn (Wallacetown, Ont.) and Tyler McGregor (Forest, Ont.) contributed with help each.
- Adam Kingsmill (Smithers, BC) repelled 13 shots.
- The United States dominated Canada 16-9.
The full season schedule for Canada’s National Para Hockey Team leading up to the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games will be announced in the coming weeks, while the final roster for Beijing is expected to be revealed in February.
“[The series] gives us a good idea of where we are with our team, but also as individuals and how our guys fit together [with the Americans]. We play against the reigning Paralympic champions and the world champions, and they are the measure for us. We learned a lot about our team this week, but we still have work to do when we get back to Canada. “
– Head Coach Ken Babey (Calgary, Alta.) On playing against the United States at the start of the season
“I had a solid chance as our power play expired, and whenever you can get an attacking position like this you have to make the most of it. I haven’t seen a lot of power play time, so I enjoyed being in that position. James Dunn gave me a great pass and he played two great games this weekend. I thought he was our best player yesterday and he was one of our best strikers again tonight.
– Westlake on his goal and James Dunn’s game
“You’re tired of playing against only your own team, especially since that’s what we’ve been doing for a few years. [The United States] brings out the best in us in terms of competition, and playing them allows us to improve and overcome certain situations that we don’t necessarily have the opportunity to experience in the camps. We hope to have the opportunity to face them a bit this year, and I think it will be beneficial for us in the long run. “
– McGregor on the two-game series