United States and Canada earned victories at the elite division of the Women’s Para Ice Hockey Cup continued in Ostrava.
The American team triumphed in a match against Team Europe at the RT Torax Arena in the city in the Czech Republic.
A strong performance saw the US team emerge as comfortable 7-0 winners in the tie.
The defending champions were unable to repeat the feat when they faced the challenge of neighbours Canada in their second tie.
Canada produced a strong defensive display and ultimately secured a narrow 1-0 win in their match.
The result avenged Canada’s 4-3 defeat to the US yesterday.
Canada went on to beat Team Europe 7-0 later in the day.
Teams are due to face each other twice, with the two best advancing to the final.
Emerging nations skills practice is currently underway. Game 2: Canada vs. Europe begins at 3:30pm CEST. Following that game will be 3 on 3 games for emerging nations. #WPIHWC2018 #womenspara18 #paraicehockey #Parasport pic.twitter.com/BUILvDdAB8— International Women's Para Ice Hockey (@WomensPIH) May 2, 2018
This year’s competition is due to conclude on Saturday (May 5).
Competition is taking place alongside the Women’s World Development Cup, which will see participants from more than 10 countries compete until Sunday (May 6).
The aim of the event is to identify and form new athletes and take the sport to new regions.