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Sweetland, Pender each score twice in 11-0 shutout of Germany

Members of Team Canada, including Bonavista’s Andrew Sweetland (49, right), converge on the German net during action in the world men’s ball hockey championship at Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay on Sunday night. Canada won 11-0. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward — The Telegram

Bonavista’s Andrew Sweetland and Justin Pender of St. John’s proved they aren’t token locals added to the roster to boost attendance as each scored twice to help Canada to an 11-0 whitewashing of Germany on opening day of the 2013 World Ball Hockey Championship at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay.

The 17-team men’s tournament started Sunday in Torbay and Mount Pearl, and the eight-team women’s event gets under way Tuesday at The Glacier in Mount Pearl.

Canada is entered in Pool A with Slovakia, Greece, Pakistan and Germany.

Sweetland and Pender, both of whom have American Hockey League and ECHL experience, scored all their goals in the first period. Robert Slaney of Upper Island Cove and Pat O’Keefe and Terry Ryan of Mount Pearl registered assists. Jordan Escott and Chris Sparkes of St. John’s also dressed for Canada.

Other goalscorers for the host country were Nelson Vargas Dias and Carl Ghilarducci with two each, Martin Frechette, Sandro Morello and Dominic Morency. Fabio Luongo made 17 saves for the shutout.

The first world senior men’s championship took place in 1996 in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the first world women’s event was in 2007 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The tournament is staged every two years.

The Czech Republic won in 2011 in men’s play, while Slovakia won the women's title the same year. In both cases, Canada was the runner-up.

 

 

See WOMEN’S DIVISION, page C3

The Canadian men’s team has five gold medals at the world tournament, more than any other country.

Canada and Czech Republic each have eight medals overall. Slovakia leads with nine, but with only one gold to its credit.

Canada and Slovakia each have three world women’s titles.

The women’s championship begins Tuesday.

Tickets for individual games are $5.

Tickets for the championship games for men’s A and B pools, as well as the women’s pool, are $10.

Tournament passes are available for $40 and can be purchased at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay and the Mount Pearl Glacier.

 

Other A Pool results Sunday:

United States 16, France 0

Slovakia 8, Pakistan 1

Czech Republic 4, Switzerland 1

 

 B Pool games

Italy 3, Israel 3

Cayman Islands 4, Great Britain 1

Bermuda 8, Hong Kong 1

Standings

A Pool

Group A

Team    GP    W    L    T    PTS

Canada    1    1    0    0    2

Slovakia    1    1    0    0    2

Germany    1    0    1    0    0

Pakistan    1    0    1    0    0

Greece    0    0    0    0    0

Group B

Team    GP    W    L    T    PTS

United States    1    1    0    0    2

Czech Republic    1    1    0    0    2

Switzerland    1    0    1    0    0

France    1    0    1    0    0

Portugal    0    0    0    0    0

B Pool

Team    GP    W    L    T    PTS

Cayman Islands    1    1    0    0    2

Bermuda    1    1    0    0    2

Italy    1    0    0    0    1

Israel    1    0    0    1    1

Great Britain    1    0    1    0    0

Hong Kong    1    0    1    0    0

Armenia    0    0    0    0    0

Women’s tournament

Group E

Team    GP    W    L    T    PTS

Slovakia    0    0    0    0    0

United States    0    0    0    0    0

Switzerland    0    0    0    0    0

Italy    0    0    0    0    0

Group F

Team    GP    W    L    T    PTS

Canada    0    0    0    0    0

Czech Republic    0    0    0    0    0

Great Britain    0    0    0    0    0

Greece    0    0    0    0    0

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Today’s schedule

A Pool at Jack Byrne Arena

2 p.m., Germany vs Slovakia

4 p.m., Switzerland vs U.S.

6 p.m., Portugal vs Czech Republic

8 p.m., Canada vs Greece

 

B Pool at Mount Pearl Glacier

4 p.m., Great Britain vs Armenia

6 p.m., Italy vs Bermuda

8 p.m., Hong Kong vs Israel

Organizations: The Glacier, American Hockey League

Geographic location: Canada, Germany, Slovakia Torbay Mount Pearl Czech Republic Greece Pakistan Upper Island Cove Bratislava Dusseldorf Switzerland U.S.6 p.m. Portugal Great Britain Italy Hong Kong Israel

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  • Fan
    June 03, 2013 - 09:37

    I thought the play was actually closer than the score shows. I would give Canada 60-70 % of the play. It wasn't like Germany couldn't get out of their own end. For some of the goals, I don't think the goalie saw the shot. I enjoyed the game.