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Canada’s national sledge hockey team defeated Norway 5-0 to win the gold medal at the Four Nations Tournament Sunday in Sochi, Russia.
Greg Westlake led the way with a pair of goals, while Summerside native Billy Bridges, Adam Dixon (1-2) and Marc Dorion had the other scores.
Canadian goalie Corbin Watson made four saves for the shutout and was named the tournament’s top goaltender.
“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.”
Canada had a 5-0 record, including preliminary round wins over the Czech Republic (3-1), Norway (5-1) and Russia (4-3 shootout), and a 2-1 victory over the Russians in the semifinals.
It's the second straight major tournament win for Canada, after winning gold at the 2013 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship last April in Goyang, South Korea.
The tournament was a test event for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which take place in March 2014 in Sochi.
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