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MOOSE JAW, Saskatchewan – Canada’s National Para Hockey Team made it back-to-back wins at the 2023 World Para Hockey Championship, edging Czechia 2-1 on Tuesday night at the Moose Jaw Events Centre.
- Tyler McGregor (Forest, Ont.) had a goal and an assist, and was named Player of the Game.
- Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) scored the game winner on the power play at 12:44 of the second period.
- Dominic Larocque (Quebec City, Que.) turned aside nine of 10 shots faced.
- Canada outshot Czechia 22-10.
Canada vs. United States – Wednesday, May 31 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
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“For our team, regardless of the score, it was good for us to be in a close game and hang on to a lead in the third period. Moving forward, we have to create confidence and build momentum from that. Defending a lead, to be honest, is something that we haven’t done a lot late in games. Tonight was a good test to play the right way structurally, make sure we’re getting pucks in at the blue line, getting pucks down low and then in our defensive zone, defending the middle of the ice and we did a good job of that and got the win.
“I think we expect more of the same tomorrow [against USA]. The intensity just elevates even more so. They’re a fast team, we know what to expect as we’ve played them numerous times. They have great offensive firepower up front, they move the puck well, so we have to play positionally sound and really commit ourselves defensively.”
- McGregor on being challenged in the victory and preparing for the U.S.
“I think we knew going into the game they have the ability to frustrate you. They clog the middle really well, they have a terrific goaltender and you saw how tough their defence is to generate offence against, and they proved that from the drop of the puck to the end. Like Tyler [McGregor] said, we don’t play in many games in the past few years where you’ve had to scratch and claw to hold onto a lead. As a staff, we felt like we managed the third period really well and that was the best part of our game and we can build on that moving forward.”
- Head coach Russ Herrington (Unionville, Ont.) on finding ways to win
“We obviously didn’t have the start or the game we wanted, but we can be proud of our effort and proud of battling through. We watched Czechia’s first game; they move the puck well, they’re fast and they’re a very good hockey team. We can’t be surprised by the effort they put out there tonight.”
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