The first men’s ice sledge hockey game was played today between Canada and Sweden. This year Canada is seeking redemption after finishing in fourth place in Vancouver four years ago. They began their quest today with a bang. Or, to put it more accurately, with a blowout.
Sweden, the country that invented sledge hockey, were met with a crushing defeat as the Canadians trounced them 10-1. Among the top Canadians who scored goals were Adam Dixon, Anthony Gale and Dominic Larocque. Billy Bridges scored the first goal against Sweden just over a minute after the game started.
Greg Westlake, Canada’s team captain, told CBC Sports following the game that despite today’s win, he would like to seem his teammates improve defensively. They will get their chance in tomorrow’s game against Norway.
The men’s Norwegian team played their first game against the Czech Republic today, and won by a score of 2-1.
Canadian team coach Mike Mondin assured fans that his sledge hockey team will be fully prepared to face the tough Norwegian team tomorrow.
The preliminary round of men’s sledge hockey will continue until Thursday, when the top four teams advance to the semi-finals. Canada is predicted to be a medal favourite at these games.
UPDATE: You can watch the highlights below