BRIDGEWATER, Nova Scotia – Canada’s National Para Hockey Team earned a silver medal at the 2022 Para Hockey Cup, falling 5-1 to the United States in the gold medal game on Saturday afternoon. Brody Roybal recorded a hat trick en route to the United States’ seventh consecutive title at the tournament. The win caps off an impressive event for the Americans, who head home with a perfect 5-0 record. Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) scored the lone goal for Canada, which was backstopped by a spectacular 21-save performance from Jean-Francois Huneault (Saint-Eustache, Que.). “I think we took a lot of good steps forward all week,” said Dixon. “We’re a better team now than we were when we got here. We had three bad minutes today, but I think we can be proud of our effort, proud of the steps we’ve taken and be confident that moving forward, we will be better.” Canada finished with a record of 3-2, with its only losses coming at the hands of its cross-border rivals. Tyler McGregor (Forest, Ont.) picked up his 13th point of the week with an assist on Dixon’s goal, finishing second in tournament scoring. Dominic Cozzolino (Mississauga, Ont.) chipped in with an assist for his tournament-leading ninth helper. “For two periods and the first eight minutes of the third period, we were right there,” said head coach Russ Herrington (Unionville, Ont.). “A bad three-minute span against the best team in the world and you lose your focus, and they blow it open. They have world-class players over there and we gave them easy offence in that span.” Czechia captured its first-ever bronze medal with a 9-0 win over Italy earlier in the day.
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