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U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Wins IPH Cup Championship

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Team USA skates to 4-1 victory over Canada to claim back-to-back tournament titles
 
OSTRAVA, Czechia – Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) tallied a hat trick to help the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team to a 4-1 victory over Canada to win its second consecutive IPH Cup title at Ostravar Arena. 

“We talked going into tonight about having a team-first mentality,” said David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team. “The leaders on this team have set the standard, and overall, it was a great team effort.”

The win marked Hoff’s 50th career victory as head coach. Farmer opened the scoring just 31 seconds into the contest, wristing the puck from the corner into a crowd of players out in front of the net, ricocheting off a defender and in.

With four minutes to go in the opening period, Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) made a sprawling save to hold the U.S. lead. At the 4:25 mark of the middle stanza, Malik Jones (Aurora, Colo.), Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.), and Farmer raced down the ice on an odd-man rush.

Jones attempted a pass across the slot, but it was redirected off a Canadian defender and into the net, putting the U.S. up 2-0. Farmer extended the Team USA lead to 3-0 with 1:29 to go in the second, blasting home a wrist shot from the right circle for his second tally of the game. 

Canada’s Tyler McGregor cut the U.S. lead to 3-1 to start the third period, scoring on the power play 3:34 into the frame.Farmer picked up an empty net goal to put the U.S. up 4-1 with 1:29 remaining for the final tally of the game.

NOTES: Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) was named U.S. Player of the Game… Team USA outshot Canada 32-6… Team USA was 0-2 on the power play, while Canada was 1-2.
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Janet has been covering women's hockey for over 35 years. Along with a 38 year career in Public Relations and over 40 years photographing sports, she found a passion in women's hockey. Her initial story was on the founding of the Niagara University D1 program, she expanded to collegiate and youth and was active in the founding and promoting of the WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation. When Professional Women's Hockey hit the ice she was there, one of the first to release the story in WNY. Along with her husband, Randy, people comment that if there's hockey, the Schultz's are there!