Canada’s para hockey crew is on a roll.
After working up the ranking 17-Zero in opposition to Team Sweden in the opener, Canada once more delivered any other dominant efficiency in opposition to Team Italy Sunday in Pyeongchang, profitable 10-Zero.
“I thought the guys played pretty well considering Italy is a more physical, bigger team than our opponent [Sweden]. It was a good challenge for our guys. It’s nice for some players like James Dunn, Ben Delaney, and Dominic Cozzolino chip in with our offence when we needed them,” mentioned Team Canada trainer Ken Babey.
Through its first two video games, Canada has proven a balanced way to its offence. Against Sweden on Saturday, 9 other avid gamers scored targets in the lopsided victory. Six other avid gamers performed a component in Canada’s dominant scoring efficiency in opposition to Italy — together with 4 assists via Delaney.
Dunn comes up giant
Dunn, who at 17 years previous is the youngest member of Canada’s Paralympic crew, scored his first two targets at a Paralympic Games – one among them short-handed in the 3rd duration.
Diagnosed with most cancers at simply 10, Dunn had a part of his leg amputated again in 2012. While in the medical institution, he was once offered to para ice hockey via his now-teammate Tyler McGregor.
Babey has been excited with Dunn’s growth to this point in his inaugural Paralympics. He was once fast to credit score Dunn’s puck-handling and talent to create a play.
“He’s a young player that brings a lot of enthusiasm and energy….we’re excited how James has progressed and we see him getting better every game,” Babey mentioned.
Since becoming a member of the Team Canada, Dunn has leaned at the revel in of his teammates — lots of whom are returning medallists from earlier Paralympic Games. McGregor — who could also be a most cancers survivor — has been pleased with how some distance his teammate and good friend has come since their preliminary assembly 5 years in the past.
“He’s a young guy but it’s amazing because one of the best parts of his game is his composure. We saw that with both of his goals tonight,” McGregor mentioned.
Dunn additionally had 4 assists in his earlier sport in opposition to Team Sweden. Along with Dunn’s high-energy stage, his teammates additionally credit score his skill to stick affected person with the puck.
“He’s only going to get better,” McGregor mentioned.
McGregor reaches milestone
In Saturday’s sport in opposition to Sweden, McGregor scored 4 instances, together with his 100th function as a member of Canada’s nationwide crew. But McGregor didn’t notice his accomplishment till he checked his telephone after the sport.
“This is my sixth year playing for the national team and I’ve had very good teammates around me…this doesn’t happen without them,” McGregor mentioned.
McGregor added but any other function in opposition to Italy, but in addition risked dealing with disciplinary motion after a crushing hit to the top of Italian defenseman Gianluigi Rosa. He was once given a 10-minute misconduct penalty overdue in the 3rd duration, which took him out of the sport. McGregor would possibly not face any next disciplinary motion.
Canada will want McGregor, along side his teammates to stay the offence going because it faces stiffer festival in the week forward.
But McGregor has been happy together with his crew’s efficiency.
“We did a lot of things right over the over the first two games and I couldn’t ask for a better start to the Paralympics,” mentioned McGregor.
As Canada approaches a handy guide a rough turnaround it their ultimate initial sport in opposition to Team Norway Monday morning at 2:30 a.m. ET the crew’s goalies (Dominic Larocque, Corbin Watson) haven’t begun to be really examined.
Facing simply two photographs in opposition to Sweden and handiest 4 in Sunday’s sport, the Canadians will want their goalies to stick sharp heading into the semifinals on Thursday.
Babey believes his crew will have to additionally keep inside of their regimen to win the gold medal.
“We have to stay with our approach, structure and our game and continue to play our style of play which we focus on — playing fast, as a team, and playing smarter. We feel that if we continue with those themes and structure and team approach we’ll have success,” Babey mentioned.
And for a Canadian crew this is hungry for its first Paralympic identify for the reason that Torino 2006 Paralympics, the avid gamers know luck would possibly not come simple.