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Bridges' two goals lead Canada past Czech Republc 2-0 at sledge hockey worlds

04/29/2015 07:30 EDT | Updated 08/06/2015 07:59 EDT
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Billy Bridges scored twice as Canada shut out the Cezch Republic 2-0 on Wednesday in their final game of the world sledge hockey championship's qualifying round.

Bridges, from Summerside, P.E.I., has scored Canada's last four goals. He's tied with Greg Westlake of Oakville, Ont., and Brad Bowden of Orton, Ont., for the tournament's scoring title. All three have 10 points: Bridges has seven goals and three assists, Westlake has six goals and four assists and Bowden has three goals and seven assists.

"Billy's certainly answered the bell for us in terms of bringing his experience and his touch around the net and he's played well defensively too," said head coach Ken Babey. "He's leading our team in a variety of ways and showing why he's a world-class player."

Corbin Watson stopped all three shots he faced as Canada (3-0) finished atop Group A.

"It gives the team confidence and I think they know that if they do make a mistake that he's there," said Babey of Watson's shutout. "You just don't want to make too many of them because we're focusing on playing a defensive style."

Michal Vapenka made 19 saves for the Czech Republic (1-2).

The Canadians will play Russia on Friday in the tournament's semifinal. The United States will play Norway in the other semi.

"We've watched (the Russian team) here a few times and they look as good a team as ever," said Babey. "They play a typical Russian style. They've got a lot of skill and a lot of flow in their game.

"It's going to be a good challenge for our guys but we're up for it."

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