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Players from NL help in Canada’s strong start at world ball hockey championships

Team Canada’s Brad Yetman (63) wins a faceoff against Finnish captain Arto Siikavirta during their round-robin game at the world ball hockey championships in Pardubice, Czech Republic on Saturday. Yetman is one of seven players from Newfoundland on the Canadian men’s team roster
Team Canada’s Brad Yetman (63) wins a faceoff against Finnish captain Arto Siikavirta during their round-robin game at the world ball hockey championships in Pardubice, Czech Republic on Saturday. Yetman is one of seven players from Newfoundland on the Canadian men’s team roster

The Canadian men improved to 3-0 at the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation’s world championships over the weekend, registering a pair of lopsided wins over Finland and India.

Team Canada features eight men from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Also in Pardubice, Czech Republic, The women’s championship opened Saturday with Canada, the two-time reigning gold medallists, losing 2-1 to Slovakia.

Canada, with five women from this province on the squad, rebounded with an 11-0 thumping of the United Kingdom Sunday.

Saturday, Kevin Reid of Norman’s Cove had a goal and an assist in Canada’s win over Finland. Marcus Power and Nathan Yetman of St. John’s also scored for the winners. In Sunday’s victory over the Indians, Jordan Escott of St. John’s recorded up four assists.

Jim Babij and Brad Yetman of St. John’s, Patrick O’Keefe of Mount Pearl and coach Ian Moores of Bay Roberts are also part of the squad.

Canada has the day off today before getting ready for Slovakia Tuesday.

“We’ve had that game (vs Slovakia) circled on our calendar,” Escott told the host committee’s website. “They’re obviously really good, and in 2015, they beat us in the quarter-finals, so we’re looking forward to playing them.”

Team Canada’s Chloe Tinkler is carried off the floor by members of the Canadian training staff after suffering an undisclosed injury during a round-robin game against the United Kingdom at the world women’s ball hockey championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic on Sunday. Tinkler, a member of the Canadian defence, returned later in the contest, which Canada won 11-0. The 26-year-old from Wabush is one of five players from Newfoundland and Labrador on the Canadian roster.

In Sunday’s win over the UK, Amanda Kean of St. Anthony scored twice and added an assist for the Canadian women. Kristen Cooze of Kippens, Chloe Tinkler of Labrador City, April Drake of St. John’s, and Dawn Tulk of Port Saunders are also on the roster.

Tulk and Tinkler were carried off during the United Kingdom game, but the injuries were not apparently serious.

The Canadian women play the U.S. today.

 

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