Babey, Canada take silver in Para hockey
It’s another Paralympic silver medal for Saskatoon head coach Ken Babey and the Canadian Para hockey team after they fell to the United States 5-0 in the gold medal game on Day 9 of the Winter Games in Beijing.
A teeing penalty by the United States eight minutes and 10 seconds into the first period should’ve helped Canada to put points on the board, but instead the American scored a pair of back-to-back goals at 9:08 and 9:33 to go up 2-0.
The Americans doubled up in the second period with goals at 2:39 and 7:51 to make the score 4-0 and despite three powerplays in the final five minutes of the period, the Canadians couldn’t get points on the board.
American captain Declan Farmer scored his third goal of the game at 5:57 into the third period to give the United States a commanding 5-0 lead and the Canadians were unable to recover.
This is the second straight silver medal for Babey and the Canadian squad, after losing to the Americans 2-1 in overtime in 2018 PyeongChang.
The full game summary is available at hockeycanada.ca.
Hudak, McKeever team up for sixth in relay
Prince Albert’s Brittany Hudak wrapped up her third Paralympic Games with a sixth-place finish, along with partner Brian McKeever, in the open 4×2.5-kilometre cross country relay on Day 9.
The duo finished with a combined time of 30 minutes and 24.7 seconds, over two minutes behind the Ukrainian team that captured gold.
Hudak claimed two bronze medals earlier in the competition in individual events, while McKeever won three gold in his final Paralympic Games.
Paralympic Notes: Read the full Day 9 recap on Paralympic.ca…Para alpine skier Mollie Jepsen, who earned one gold and one silver at the Games, was named Team Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies…The Canadian 4×2.5-km mixed cross country relay team claimed bronze…Canada ends the Paralympics in Beijing with 25 medals (eight gold, six silver, 11 bronze).