Game Report 323 IPC World Para Hockey Championship
PLAYED AT: Gangneung Hockey Centre
Date: Apr 13, 2017
GAME NOTES: EXPERIENCE AND YOUTH HELP CANADA TO SLEDGE WORLDS WIN JASON LA ROSE GANGNEUNG, South Korea – Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) and Liam Hickey (St. John’s, N.L.) finished with two goals and two assists apiece, leading Canada’s National Sledge Team to its second win in as many days at the 2017 IPC World Para Hockey Championship, 7-0 over Italy on Thursday. The Canadians have been absolutely dominant in their first two games; they have outscored Norway and Italy by a combined 16-0, and allowed only five shots on goal total. Bridges, the fourth-oldest player on the Canadian roster, and Hickey, the second-youngest, did the damage against the Italians; the Atlantic Canada natives seemingly played keep-away for most of the game, and combined for two of the prettiest goals of the tournament. Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) added two goals for Canada, his second-straight multi-goal performance, and Corbyn Smith (Monkton, Ont.) had one. Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) chipped in with three assists. Just as they did in their opening win over Norway, the Canadians took control with a dominant first period. Bridges got the festivities started just past the two-minute mark, driving to the net and beating Italian goaltender Santino Stillitano to the far side, and Westlake found room on the short-side to double the lead at 4:41. Smith cleaned up the rebound of a Westlake shot to make it a 3-0 game at 12:50, and Bridges toe-dragged around a defender before feeding Hickey for the 4-0 goal with 36 seconds left in the opening frame. Canada owned the puck in the first 15 minutes, outshooting Italy 11-0. Gabriele Araudo replaced Stillitano to start the second period, and the move seemed to spark the Italian defence; Canada managed just four shots in a scoreless stanza, although the Europeans still couldn’t manage one. Canadian goaltender Corbin Watson (Kingsville, Ont.) finally faced his first shot two minutes into the third period. He needed to make just two saves in all to record his 25th career shutout, tying Paul Rosen for the most in Team Canada history. Bridges finally got a puck past Arauto 1:44 into the final period, crashing the net to bury a feed from Hickey, and Hickey finished off a picture-perfect give-and-go with Bridges to push the lead to 6-0 at 4:35. Westlake converted the Canadian touchdown with less than seven minutes left, going to the left hand to wire a shot past Arauto. The Canadians are back to action Friday (2 a.m. ET/11 p.m. PT) at the Gangneung Hockey Centre, facing off against Sweden in the third of six preliminary-round games.
Visiting Team: Italy
Home Team: Canada
ITALY LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Stillitano, Santino
G15  Araudo, Gabriele
  Rosa, Gianluigi
  Planker, Florian
  Cavaliere, Gianluca
  Winkler, Werner
  Radice, Roberto
  Kalegaris, Sandro
 11  Larch, Nils
 14  Balossetti, Bruno
 18  Macri, Andrea
 33  Kafmann, Stephan
 62  Depaoli, Christoph
 68  Corvino, Valerio
 73  Leperdi, Gregory Brian Alexis
ITALY PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st2:00 Interference 8:401 8:4010:40
2nd18 2:00 Roughing 6:05  6:058:05
3rd14 2:00 Hooking 11:371 11:3713:37
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G30  Watson, Corbin
G31  Larocque, Dominic
  Cozzolino, Dominic
  Henry, Tyrone
  Culmone, Anthony
  McGregor, Tyler
  Smith, Corbyn
 10  Delaney, Ben
 11  Dixon, Adam
 12  Westlake, Greg
 14  Arsenault, Steve
 15  Sorley, Kevin
 18  Bridges, Billy
 23  Hickey, Liam
 27  Bowden, Brad
CANADA PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
2nd11 2:00 Roughing 6:05  6:058:05
3rd12 2:00 Slashing 8:031 8:0310:03
3rd2:00 Interference 14:591 14:5915:00
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
ITALY Goals ITALY PLAYERS (plus) CANADA PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
                
                
                
                
                
                
                
CANADA Goals CANADA PLAYERS (plus) ITALY PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st2:17  18-23-5            
1st4:41  12-11            
1st12:50  9-12-3            
1st14:36  23-18-5            
3rd1:44  18-23-11            
3rd4:35  23-18-11            
3rd8:03  12-3            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
ITALY 0 / 2
CANADA 0 / 2
PENALTY SUMMARY
ITALY 6 min / 3 inf
CANADA 6 min / 3 inf
POINT SUMMARY
ITALY 0 G + A = 0 Pts
CANADA 7 G + 12 A = 19 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
ITALY0000
CANADA4037
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
ITA - Stillitano (15:00) (L)7007/0:001st/15:00
ITA - Araudo (30:00) 07613/0:003rd/15:00
CAN - Watson (45:00) (W)0022/0:003rd/15:00
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CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


This report has been checked and verified against the Official IPC World Para Hockey Championship Game Report.