Canada had hoped to run the board on the ice and capture men’s, women’s and sledge hockey gold in Sochi, but those dreams were crushed on Thursday after a loss to Team USA 3-0.
The defeat set-up a bronze medal re-match against Norway, who bested the Canadians at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. This time, the results were different for Canada, as they walked away with medals draped around their necks after defeating the Norwegians 3-0.
After a scoreless first period, that included many scoring chances, the most opportune of which was a shot by Adam Dixon that hit the post, Brad Bowden opened up the scoring in the second period with a backhanded goal for Canada.
The Canadian squad used a relentless forecheck to keep Norway in their zone for most of the period, which created scoring opportunities. Billy Bridges added two goals, one on the power play, to blow the game open in the second. Bridges is the all-time leading point-getter in Canadian sledge hockey history.
Canadian goaltender Corbin Watson was solid in net for his squad, despite only facing 10 shots, while his teammates did a wonderful job of keeping play in Norway’s end.
With the loss, Norway left Sochi without a medal in sledge hockey for the first time since 1994 in Lillehammer.
Canada avenged the loss to Norway from the 2010 Games, but the bronze medal could be viewed as a disappointment for a team that came into the event with gold medals on their minds.