Oakville’s Westlake posts four-point night in Para Series opener

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Published November 15, 2021 at 12:49 pm

Oakville's Greg Westlake had four assists in Canada's 7-0 win over Korea on Sunday. HOCKEY CANADA PHOTO

Oakville’s Greg Westlake and Team Canada are on the hunt and they landed their first win Sunday in the opener of a four-game Para Series against Korea.

Westlake recorded four assists to help lead Canada to a 7-0 thumping of Korea at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

Rob Armstrong and Zach Lavin had two goals each, while Tyler McGregor added a goal and two assists in a game Canada dominated, outshooting Korea 38-6.

Branden Sison and Liam Hickey also scored for Canada. Dominic Larocque turned aside all six shots to record the shutout.

Westlake loved playing up front where he got to take part in Canada’s offensive attack.

“I love playing any position, and this season I am just trying to enjoy every game,” said the 35-year-old who had both his legs amputated when he was 18 months old because of a congenital defect. “Playing with (Zach) Lavin and Tyler [McGregor] today was great because they are such good players, and they make it easy create opportunities.

“It was fun to be out there, I love going on the hunt, I love trying to create opportunities for teammates and helping them score goals, and helping the team win.”

Lavin was excited to get the chance to play with the experienced Westlake.

“Any time you can play with a guy with that kind of experience is obviously beneficial, and I hope I can learn a lot from him and just keep building that chemistry with Greg,” Lavin said. “We still have some stuff we need to work on as a line and as a team, but we will get back to practice tomorrow and keep dialing things in for our games.”

The four-game series against Korea is part of Canada’s preparation for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games being held in Beijing, China.

Canada faces Korea Tuesday in the second game. Game time is 9 a.m. All games can be livestreamed on HockeyTV without a subscription.

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