Ryan shoots dominant Canada to title
Canadian teams captured gold in the men’s and women’s divisions at the Masters World Ball Hockey Championships yesterday.
In the men’s final, Canada blanked Canada Halton Leafs 4-0.
The game got off to a fast-paced start with Canada goaltender Andrew Platt coming up with a couple big saves in the first period, including from a scramble in front of the net.
Neither team were able to capitalise on their single power-play opportunity, leaving the scoreboard reading “goose eggs” at the first intermission.
Canada started the second period applying steady pressure on the Leafs, which paid off when Jeremy Bishop opened up the scoring inside the first minute of the restart. Assists went to Terry Ryan and Peter Cabral on the goal.
They struck again three minutes later when Ryan notched his first, with an assist from Cabral, after a penalty to the Leafs.
Ryan would pot his second of the game five minutes later after serving two minutes in the sin-bin for goaltender interference.
He sprang from the penalty box and, despite a flurry of saves from Leafs goalie Aaron Campisano, was able to bang home Canada’s third, with another assist from Cabral.
Canada would find a fourth with time winding down in the third period when Trent Gaudon scored into an open net.
Platt pushed aside 12 shots for the shutout.
Ryan’s two-goal performance earned him the Player of the Game for Canada, while Campisano took home the hardware for his side for his 16-save show.
Doug McCarthy, head coach for Canada, described feeling “elated” after his team’s performance.
“Everybody came together as a group, as a team, and I think at the end of the tournament we proved that we were a dominant team,” he said.
McCarthy called the tournament experience one-of-a-kind.
“I’ve played in tournaments all over the world, and this is just special place,” he said.
“At the end of your life, you say there are those certain defining moments - here we are playing hockey right next to the ocean.”
He said that the positive experience took place inside and outside of the rink.
“It was a real family affair out here with the Bermudians.”
Leafs coach Steve Parsons said his guys had given it everything they had.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the way they played all tournament and today.”
Parsons said that Canada’s ability to capitalise on the extra man had been a key difference between the sides.
He described the tournament as a well-run, first-rate event.
“It’s been a long week, and we’ll ramp up for our next season in a couple months,” he said.
In the women’s final, a controversial third-period goal was the difference as Canada beat USA Blue 2-1.
Canada struck first thanks to a first-period goal by Sara Ross after a face-off in the USA Blue end. The goal was assisted by Isabelle Aube and Stephanie Brunette-D’Souza.
The US evened things up seven minutes later when Sarah Wilson slotted one home on a breakaway in the last minute of play.
The deadlock was broken in the third period when a controversial goal was awarded to Shannon Sutherland.
The referee ruled the Canadian’s shot had sneaked past USA Blue goaltender Alesandra Glista and found the inside of a post before bouncing back out.
The call brought appeals from USA Blue players, and shouts and cries from their supporters in the stands.
The goal would be the decider as USA Blue could not find an equaliser.
Shawn Mulcahy, head coach for the silver medal-winners, said that there was no point in dwelling on the controversial call.
“The past is gone,” he said. “That’s how I live my life, that’s how the girls live their lives.”
He said that his team had played tremendously throughout the tournament.
“I asked them to be warriors, not princesses, and they were warriors.”
Canada head coach Erika Pouliot said that her team had given their all.
“We knew it was our last game,” he said. “The girls gave 100 per cent.
“The girls stayed calm and whenever we had the opportunity, we put it on net and that’s when we scored the goals.”
John Rankin, the Governor, was on hand to present the gold and silver medals to both the men’s and women’s sides.