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Dickson and Snider become world lacrosse champions

Curtis Dickson
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According to the World Lacrosse Championship website, Canada defeated the United States in the gold medal game of the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships by a score of 8-5 in Denver, Colorado on Saturday evening. On the Canadian team were Curtis Dickson and Geoff Snider of the Calgary Roughnecks.

In the gold medal game, Dickson scored an unassisted goal in the third quarter that put Canada up 5-2 at the time. Dickson, a native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, also had five shots.

Snider meanwhile did not have a point in the gold medal contest, but was Canada's co-leader in collecting five loose balls (tied with Orangeville, Ontario native Brodie Merrill of the Philadelphia Wings and Oshawa, Ontario native Mark Matthews of the Edmonton Rush) in the championship game. Snider also won seven of 14 faceoffs, while being matched up either against Americans Chris Eck or Greg Gurenlian.

This was the second World Lacrosse Championship victory for Snider. The Roughneck veteran who hails from Calgary, won the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship with Canada in London, Ontario and in the process was named the tournament's most valuable player. This was Canada's third World Lacrosse Championship. The Canadian team also beat the United States to win the 1978 World Lacrosse Championship by a score of 17-16 in double overtime in Stockport, England.

The game was controversially not shown live to all Canadian viewers on television. TSN programming directors decided to show the Montreal Alouettes/British Columbia Lions Canadian Football League game on its main network and the NASCAR Nationwide Series event, the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 on its secondary channel on TSN2.

One can fully understand why the CFL game was on TSN. The network has a significant contract in place to broadcast all CFL games. However, the network should have put the World Lacrosse Championship on its secondary channel instead of a sporting event where there were no Canadian athletes in the field of 40 drivers and the fact that the race was only part of NASCAR's Nationwide Series (secondary series) and not their primary Sprint Cup Series.

The World Lacrosse Championship gold medal final (which only takes place once every four years) was available to customers live on the Internet who had the chance to access the TSN GO service. However Canadians need to have either Rogers or Bell as their main television service provider to access the service, and most western Canadians do not have Rogers or Bell. The game was seen on TSN2 at 9 p.m. mountain time, but by then most Canadians had the opportunity to find out that Canada already won the World Championship.