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Canada advances to world sledge hockey final

The Canadian Press

4/18/2013 11:16:03 AM

GOYANG, South Korea -- Canada will play for the gold medal at the IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship for the first time since 2008 after a 5-0 semifinal win over the Czech Republic on Thursday.

The Canadians will face the defending champion United States in Saturday's final.

"It's a great feeling," Canada's Marc Dorion said. "Every time we come to a tournament like the World Championships, it's our goal to get into that gold-medal game. We're very happy and very excited."

Captain Greg Westlake scored the game's first two goals early in the second period to start the offence for Canada. Dominic Larocque and Dorion scored 27 seconds apart late in the second period for a 4-0 lead after 30 minutes.

Adam Dixon added a short-handed goal in the third period as Canada beat the Czechs for the third time in as many all-time meetings, including the bronze medal game at last year's world championship.

Corbin Watson needed to make just six saves for the shutout. He has yet to allow a goal in the tournament.