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Canada loses to USA in the gold medal game at the Para Ice Hockey Women’s World Challenge | CBC sports

Canada’s women’s para-hockey team took silver at the Women’s World Challenge for the second consecutive year after losing 2-0 to the USA in Sunday’s final.

Canada’s Jessie Gregory made another outstanding performance with 23 saves, the highest of the tournament, but the Canadians managed just one shot against the defending champions. The USA went 4-0 clean sheets in the four-team tournament at the Cornerstone Community Center in Green Bay, Wisc.

Canada finished 2-2 after round-robin victories over Great Britain (0-4) and Team World (2-2), which consists of players from 11 countries.

Gregory parried 11 shots to keep the final scoreless in the first third, including several saves with gloves, but US forward Kelsey Lee Diclaudio managed to put down a shielded Gregory early in the second frame during a delayed penalty.

Canada led 21-0 at the start of the third period, but the game remained within reach thanks to Gregory’s heroics. The Wainfleet, Ontario native experienced a similar onslaught against the USA in Canada’s opener, making 22 saves in a 3-0 loss on Thursday.

Hope Bevilhymer saved America’s only chance in the third period.

Canada attacking star Raphaëlle Tousignant was held in check after two consecutive three-point games and had three penalties.

Despite the lack of shots on goal, Canada was more successful in the American zone and had opportunities to generate attacks. A Canadian shot deflected just over the net just before American striker Lera Döderlein scored the winning goal from a breakaway.

Döderlein scored just over five minutes from time as the home crowd erupted. Canada pulled Gregory in for the extra attacker in the final minutes, but the speedy Americans managed to cut time for their second Women’s World Challenge title.

The USA defeated Canada 5-1 in last year’s gold medal match at the first edition of the tournament, also held in Green Bay.

Hosted by World Para Ice Hockey, the tournament is an important step towards establishing a Women’s Para Hockey World Championship in 2025, with the ultimate goal of increasing women’s participation in the sport and bringing it into the Paralympic program in 2030 record.

While parahockey is technically a mixed sport at the Paralympic level, only three players have competed in the Games to date.

Tousignant, along with captain Alanna Mah, are among 30 players invited to the Canada National Team Evaluations Camp in Calgary this week ahead of the 2023/24 season. Tousignant made history last May when she became the first woman ever to be named to Canada’s national team for the World Para Ice Hockey Championships.

Canada’s 19-man roster in Green Bay included 13 returning players from last year’s silver medal roster, with Tara Chisholm returning as head coach. The Canadians bounced back from their opening defeat by the USA with a 4-2 win over Team World on Friday and a 9-0 win over Great Britain on Saturday.

Led by Paralympic athlete Lena Schroeder of Norway (2018), Team World took bronze with a 7-0 win over Great Britain on Sunday.

Canada squad

Forward

  • Myriam Adam
  • Aubree Clements
  • Sheena Darnley
  • Hadley Fritenburg
  • Hailey King
  • Alanna Mah
  • Vanessa Racine
  • Raphaelle Tousignant
  • Alyssa White

defender

  • Peggy Assinck
  • Claire Buchanan
  • Hailey Halik
  • Megan Harris
  • Emilie Charron-Pilotte
  • Alicia Souveny
  • Mackenzie Spong

goalkeeper

  • Tracey Arnold
  • Marie-Eve Croteau
  • Jessie Gregory

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