(Odense, Denmark) – Canada will play for gold at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships after upsetting the #1-ranked USA in overtime 59-56. The win is just the latest chapter in a legendary rivalry that was most famously profiled in the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball.”
“I’m so proud of our team for maintaining our composure and sticking to the game plan,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr after the game. “Patience, discipline and heart paid off for us today. One more to go.”
Though Canada leapt out to an early one-point lead, the fast, aggressive Americans closed the gap to tie the game 24-24 at halftime. In the third quarter, however, USA capitalized on a few mental lapses from the Canadians and edged ahead by two. It took the speed of Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB) and the leadership of Ian Chan (Richmond, BC), Trevor Hirschfield (Vancouver, BC) and Garett Hickling (Dorchester, ON), to get Canada back in the game in the fourth quarter. In the final two seconds of the match, Zak Madell scored to take the game into overtime 54-54.
Canada never looked back. After winning the tipoff, they forced two turnovers in a row. The Americans never got back on track, and Canada won 59-56.
Tomorrow, Canada will face Australia in the gold medal game on Sunday at 7 am Pacific and 10 am Eastern time. Canada lost 68-61 to Australia in round robin play, but are hoping that their momentum will carry them through.
“It all comes down to this,” said Orr. “One more to go. We’re ready.”
The game takes place on Sunday at 7 am PDT, 10 am EDT. To view the match live click here.
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