Para ri­vals hit the ice third time

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Canada will get its fi­nal shot at the United States in the cham­pi­onship game of the Cana­dian Tire Para Hockey Cup.

They need to prove the third time will be the charm.

The reign­ing Par­a­lympic cham­pion U.S. squad shut out Korea 8-0 Fri­day to carry a per­fect 4-0 record into the gold-medal match with top ri­val Canada Satur­day, 4 p.m. at the West­ern Fair Sports Cen­tre.

Canada fin­ished the dou­ble round-robin por­tion of the event with a 2-2 mark. They beat Korea twice and lost to the U.S. twice — 3-0 on Mon­day and 4-1 in the Thurs­day re­match. That Cana­dian goal is the only one the U.S. has al­lowed at the event. Korea, the Par­a­lympic bronze medal­ists last March, failed to score in their four games.

Amer­i­can De­clan Farmer, the top scorer at the Par­a­lympics, leads the tour­na­ment with eight goals and 11 points. Tyler McGre­gor, the For­est na­tive and Cana­dian stand­out, is tied for sec­ond with three goals while teenager James Dunn of Wal­lace­town is third with seven points.

Canada dropped the most re­cent Par­a­lympic fi­nal to the U.S. 2-1 in over­time. They’ve been look­ing for some re­venge all week here — and now this is their last chance.

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