Paralympic Recap Day 1

Hudak finishes eighth in first Games competition

Prince Albert’s Brittany Hudak opened the Beijing Winter Paralympics with an eighth-place finish in the women’s sprint standing biathlon on Day 1 of competition.

Hudak completed the 6-kilometre distance in a time of 20 minutes and 32.4 seconds, just over 49 seconds behind China’s Guo Yijie who took the gold medal.

Fellow Canadians Emily Young and Natalie Wilkie finished the race in seventh and 15th, respectively.

Hudak will have a couple days to rest and recover before she competes in the women’s 15-km cross-country event on Day 3.

Canada blanked by United States in Paralympic opener

Led by Saskatoon head coach Ken Babey, the Canadian Para hockey team was shut out 5-0 by defending Paralympic champions the United States on Day 1 of the Winter Games in Beijing.

The United States was dominant offensively, outshooting Canada 26-9 throughout the game.

Josh Pauls scored first for the Americans, netting a goal five minutes and 44 seconds into the game on a powerplay. His teammate Brody Roybal followed that up with a goal of his own at 14:48 to put the United States up 2-0 at the end of the first period.

In the second period, the United States doubled up its lead with a pair of goals from Malik Jones and Josh Misiewicz, to increase the score to 4-0 with one period left to play.

Canada switched goaltenders entering the third period, with Adam Kingsmill coming in to replace starter Dominic Larocque.

Despite the change, the Americans were able to add to their total as Declan Farmer scored at 11:36 making it 5-0.

The Canadians will face Korea in their final round robin game on Day 4. The team was originally meant to play three round robin games, but the schedule was changed following International Paralympic Committee’s decision to ban the Russian Paralympic Committee from competition.

Upcoming Saskatchewan competition

Para snowboarder Lisa DeJong of Biggar will make her Paralympic debut on Day 2 of the Games, competing in the snowboard cross qualifications beginning Saturday at 9 p.m. (SK time).

Paralympic Notes: Read the full Day 1 recap on…Canada earned a medal of every colour on Day 1 of the Games…Mollie Jepsen won gold in women’s standing downhill…Mac Marcoux and guide Tristan Rodgers won silver in men’s visually impaired downhill…Mark Arendz claimed bronze in men’s standing 6-kilometre biathlon…Canada’s medal count is three (One gold, one silver, one bronze).

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