A strong performance by gold medalist Dominic Loroch in the semi-finals of the World Para Hockey Championship in Ostrava on Friday in the Czech Republic helped Canada beat Canada 2-1 to advance to the final.
The Canadians started the game seriously. Short for a man, defender Liam Hickey used a Russian defender’s poor pass to steal goalkeeper Andrei Kasatkin’s alert and give his country a 1-0 lead.
In the first period Canada completely dominated their rivals. Representatives of the Russian Paralympic Committee were unable to make even a single shot towards the goal that Larog defended in the first 15 minutes of the match.
Tyler McGregor doubled his lead early in the second period, this time in the Power Play. McGregor completed a beautiful play planned by Billy Bridges, which mysteriously guarded the Russian defense before handing over the buck to his captain.
However, this goal prompted Russia to reactivate at the end of the second period. Michael Miyaz finally overtook Laroc by turning Nicole Torrente’s shot into the back of the net.
The Russians fought well in the third engagement, but in vain. The Canadian defense did the job of maintaining their presence. Larog blocked six of the seven shots aimed at him in the crowd. Quebeckers Antoine Lehex and Anton Jacobs-Webb also wear the colors of Canada at Ostrava.
The United States will face the Canadians in the final. The reigning champions, the Americans, beat South Korea 9-0 in the semifinals to advance to the final.
Canada beat the United States 2-1 to lift the curtain on the tournament. In 2019, the two countries saw themselves against each other in the final. At the end of this meeting the Americans won.
Again this Saturday will take place in Ostrava.