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Canada downs Norway at World Sledge Hockey Challenge

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The Canadian Press
12/3/2012 4:07:27 PM
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CALGARY -- Kevin Rempel of Vineland, Ont., scored twice to lead Canada to a 4-1 win over Norway on Monday at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge.

Greg Westlake of Oakville, Ont., and Billy Bridges of Summerside, P.E.I., had a goal and an assist each for Canada, which improved to 2-0 at the four-team tournament.

Goalie Corbin Watson of Kingsville, Ont., stopped eight of nine shots he faced to record the victory.

Audun Bakke scored the lone goal of the game for Norway (0-2), which also lost 3-1 to the United States one day earlier at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

Kjell Christian Hamar made 22 saves in the Norway net.

Despite outshooting Norway 9-3 in the first period, Canada trailed 1-0 as a result of a power-play goal by Bakke at 6:06 of the opening frame.

Hamar kept the game close in the first period by turning aside quality shots by Rempel, Tyler McGregor and Dominic Larocque.

The Canadian squad continued to pour on the pressure in the second period and were finally rewarded at 5:17 when a pass by Westlake from the corner bounced off of Rempel and into the net behind Hamar.

Bridges then one-timed a pass from Dorion past Hamar before Westlake tapped a cross-crease feed from Brad Bowden into a wide-open net.

Rempel rounded out the scoring at 6:31 of the third period when he converted a feed from Bridges.

Notes: In Monday's evening game, the U.S. (1-0) will face off against Japan (0-1). ... The preliminary round wraps up on Wednesday when Norway takes on Japan in the afternoon followed by a night game between Canada and the U.S. ... Semifinal action will take place on Thursday, while the bronze and gold medal games are slated for Saturday.

Greg Westlake (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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