Sweden blitzed by ten-goal Canada

Sweden's sledge hockey team received a thumping in Vancouver on Sunday as Canada posted a 10-1 win in the second group game at the Paralympic Games.

Sweden blitzed by ten-goal Canada

The Canadians scored early and scored often to run their record to 2-0 in Group B play at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games.

For Sweden, it was the second consecutive defeat following a 2-1 reverse against Norway on Saturday.

Canadian forward Brad Bowden scored for the defending gold medalists just over a minute into the game at the University of British Columbia’s Thunderbird Arena as Canada peppered Swedish goalie Ulf Nilsson for 14 shots in the opening period for a 5-0 lead.

Greg Westlake was the individual star for the host, scoring three times for a tournament-leading five goals.

Westlake, who had both of his under-developed feet amputated as a baby, said he had extra motivation as hockey legend Marc Messier phoned him before the game.

“He is such a great guy and he wished us luck. He said he was watching us and he wanted to us to make him proud,” said Westlake.

In the morning game, second-seeded Norway needed two third-period goals from Kjell Vidar Royne to get by an improving Italian team 2-1.

Steve Cash, goaltender for the top-seeded U.S.A., registered his second consecutive shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic. With the win, the reigning world champion sealed a spot in the semi-final.

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Swedes claim Paralympic curling bronze

The Swedish curling team has claimed the bronze at the Paralympics overcoming the USA 7-5 in Vancouver on Saturday. The host nation, Canada won the gold after beating the Koreans 8-7.

Swedes claim Paralympic curling bronze

Sweden played without an alternate, after officials suspended Glenn Ikonen on Friday after a random drug test detected a beta blocker in his body.

The drug is used to control high blood pressure and Ikonen, who said it was prescribed by his doctor in Sweden, told reporters he had not intentionally taken a drug on the banned list.

Canadian wheelchair curling skip Jim Armstrong led his team to a gold medal win Saturday in the final match of the Paralympic Winter Games, narrowly beating Korea 8-7.

The Canadians reached their final score midway through the game in the fourth end. Tension rose in the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre as the Korean team, skipped by Kim Haksung, edged a little bit closer with each end of the nail-biting match.

But in the eighth and final end, a rock thrown by Armstrong careened down the sheet of ice to smash one of two Korean rocks out of the rings, averting a possible tie and securing the gold for host Canada in front of a crowd of more than 5,000.

“It’s tremendous and overwhelming,” Armstrong said. “This game really showed that the best part of wheelchair curling is that no lead is safe.”

The Vancouver event was the second time wheelchair curling was included in the Paralympics.

The 10 countries participating were Canada, the US, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.