Undefeated Canadians meet U.S. Thursday in semis after beating Czechs 1-0 at Paralympics
SOCHI, Russia - Canada is down to the final four – and Gravenhurst’s Graeme Murray looks certain to win a medal this year.
They beat the Czechs this morning 1-0, tofinish their preliminary round-robin play undefeated at the Paralympic Winter Games.
Their third straight win (after beating Sweden 10-1 and Norway 4-0) leaves them on top of Group A with 9 points, as they prepare for the cross-over in the semifinals.
Thursday they will play the U.S. – who won gold in 2010 - while Russia and Norway face off in the other semifinal.
The two winners play for gold and silver, and the losing teams vie for bronze.
Canada lost in the bronze medal game to Norway in Vancouver in 2010.
But it was close.
It took Candian captain Greg Westlake until just past the halfway mark of the contest to get the first goal of the game.
And what a beauty it was.
Billy Bridges got the puck behind the Czech net and tossed a perfect pass out front to Westlake who was to the right slot of the Czech net and his one-timer flew up into the top left corner of the net.
And it stood.
It was Westlake’s third point of the tournament and that left it 1-0 at the second intermission.
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