Bridges scores for Canada in gold-medal game

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TORONTO – Summerside native Billy Bridges played a big role in Team Canada winning the 2013 World Sledge Hockey Challenge on Saturday.

Summerside native Billy Bridges had a goal and an assist in Saturday night’s gold-medal game to help Canada win the 2013 World Sledge Hockey Challenge.

Canada beat the United States 3-1 in the gold-medal game at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.

Bridges and Greg Westlake of Oakville, Ont., scored goals 32 seconds apart, and added an assist each in a three-goal first period. The Canadians did all of their scoring in a span of 3:52 of the opening frame.

Adam Dixon of Midland, Ont., had the other goal for Canada while Brad Bowden of Orton, Ont., added two assists.

Canada finished first in the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 (won-lost) record, including wins over Korea (5-2), Russia (5-3) and the U.S. (4-1). The Americans came second at 2-1, followed by Russia (1-2) and Korea (0-3).

It was the last major international event before the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which will be held March 7 to 16 in Sochi, Russia.

It is the fifth time Canada has won gold at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge after taking home the top prize in November 2011 in Calgary, Alta.; April 2011 in London, Ont.; 2008 in Charlottetown, and 2007 in Kelowna, B.C. Canada also claimed the silver medal in 2009 in Charlottetown, and last year in Calgary.

It was the last major international event before the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which will be held March 7 to 16 in Sochi, Russia.

 

 

 

Organizations: MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.It

Geographic location: Canada, Charlottetown, Russia Korea Calgary, Alta London, Ont. Kelowna Oakville Midland Orton U.S. Sochi

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