Graeme Murray coming home Tuesday with bronze medal from Sochi Paralympics
SOCHI, Russia — Gravenhurst sledge hockey player Graeme Murray returns home Tuesday night with a bronze medal.
The national team veteran - who helped Canada get off to a great start with a goal and an assist in the team’s 10-1 tournament-opening win over Sweden - helped his team shut out Norway 3-0 Saturday morning at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena.
The medal is the team’s fourth all-time at the Paralympics; they won gold in 2006 in Torino, Italy; silver in 1998 in Nagano, Japan, and bronze in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway, in addition to this year’s third-place finish.
Four years ago Norway beat Canada 2-1 for the bronze.
So this win felt good for the Canadians, who also beat the Norwegians 4-0 in the Group A preliminary round tournament match earlier this week at Sochi.
The U.S. – who beat Canada in the semis – won gold over host Russia 1-0.
Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) scored twice to lead the Canadian offence, while Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.) added the other goal as Canada found the back of the net three times in 6:12 early in the second period to break open a scoreless game.
Bowden finished with a goal and two assists, and Corbin Watson (Kingsville, Ont.) made 10 saves for his third shutout in four games.
During the preliminary round, Canada finished atop Group A with a perfect 3-0 record, earning wins over Sweden (10-1) and the Czech Republic (1-0) in addition to its victory over Norway. The Canadians were blanked 3-0 by the United States in their semifinal.
Most of the team flies into Toronto’s Pearson airport Tuesday night at 8:40 p.m., including Murray, who lives in Barrie.
He will likely back up in his home town later this week.
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