Para hockey rivals hit the ice third time

Canada will get its final shot at the United States in the championship game of the Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup.

They need to prove the third time will be the charm.

The reigning Paralympic champion U.S. squad shut out Korea 8-0 Friday to carry a perfect 4-0 record into the gold-medal match with top rival Canada Saturday, 4 p.m. at the Western Fair Sports Centre.

Canada finished the double round-robin portion of the event with a 2-2 mark. They beat Korea twice and lost to the U.S. twice – 3-0 on Monday and 4-1 in the Thursday rematch. That Canadian goal is the only one the U.S. has allowed at the event. Korea, the Paralympic bronze medalists last March, failed to score in their four games.

American Declan Farmer, the top scorer at the Paralympics, leads the tournament with eight goals and 11 points. Tyler McGregor, the Forest native and Canadian standout, is tied for second with three goals while teenager James Dunn of Wallacetown is third with seven points.

Canada dropped the most recent Paralympic final to the U.S. 2-1 in overtime. They’ve been looking for some revenge all week here – and now this is their last chance.


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