Bridges scores in Four Nations Cup final en route to win
SOCHI, RUSSIA – Summerside’s Billy Bridges has a new gold medal to hang around his neck.
Bridges was a part of Team Canada’s championship squad at the Four Nations Cup in Sochi, Russia, this past week.
Bridges scored a goal in Canada’s 5-0 routing of Norway in Sunday’s gold medal game at Shayba Arena.
Canada cruised through the tournament, posting a 5-0 record with wins over the Czech Republic, Norway before closing out the round robin with a 4-3 shootout win over Russia. They’d defeat Russia again by a single goal in the semifinal with a 2-1 victory to book a spot with Norway in the final.
“Our team worked hard and overcame adversity in this tournament,” said Mike Mondin, head coach of Canada’s National Sledge Team. “This was a terrific event for us to participate in as we prepare for the Paralympics here in March, and we look forward to returning next spring.”
It is the second straight major tournament win for Canada, after winning the gold medal at the 2013 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship last April in Goyang, South Korea.
The Four Nations Cup was a test event for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which take place March 7 to 16 at the same venue.