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A win-one, lose-one day for Canada in world ball hockey

Patrick O’Keefe (11) of Mount Pearl a defenceman with Team Canada, fights off a Slovak forward behind the Canadian net during their game Tuesday at the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation’s world championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
Patrick O’Keefe (11) of Mount Pearl a defenceman with Team Canada, fights off a Slovak forward behind the Canadian net during their game Tuesday at the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation’s world championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

Canada’s women’s team posted a shutout win that kept them in the hunt for first place in their pool, but a Tuesday loss means the Canadian men’s side will finish second in preliminary-round play in its division at the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation’s world championships in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

Tuesday, giving Canada (3-1-0) a third straight win heading into today’s important matchup against the first-place Czech Republic (3-0-1) in the teams’ final round-robin game.

The Canadian men’s team, coached by Ian Moores of Bay Roberts and featuring seven Newfoundland players, has completed its round-robin schedule, finishing with a 3-0 loss — its first of the tourney — to Slovakia on Tuesday.

That means the Slovaks, who won all four of their preliminary games, took top spot in their pool, with Canada (2-1-1) in second.

The Canadians will take on Switzerland (2-2-0) in a first-round playoff crossover on Thursday.

Amanda Kean of St. Anthony, Kristen Cooze of Kippens, Chloe Tinkler of Labrador City and Dawn Tulk of Port Saunders are the other players from this province on the Canadian women’s roster. Tulk was injured in Sunday's win over the United Kingdom.

The Newfoundlanders on the Canadian men’s team include Kevin Reid of Norman’s Cove, who was Canada’s player of the game Tuesday; Jordan Escott, Jim Babij, Brad Yetman, Nathan Yetman and team leading scorer Marcus Power, all of St. John’s; and Patrick O’Keefe of Mount Pearl.

 

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