PORT COLBORNE, Ont. — Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made 13 saves but the 2017-18 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team fell to Canada, 3-0, to split the home-and-home 2018 Border Series after winning the first game, 2-1, on Thursday (Feb. 8). The loss was Team USA’s first of the season, ending a streak of 10 straight wins.
“We learned a lot tonight,” said Guy Gosselin, head coach of the 2017-18 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Give Canada credit, they came out and executed and we didn’t. These were two hard-fought games and now it’s time to go back to Chicago and train together as a team with our sights set on the Paralympics in March.”
The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will return to Chicago where it will continue its residency program with daily practices at West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. The 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team opens play in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games next March.
For the complete game recap, click here.
2018 Border Series – USA vs. Canada
Buffalo, New York – Port Colborne, Ontario
Date Location Venue Result
Thurs., Feb. 8 Buffalo, N.Y. HarborCenter W, 2-1
Sat., Feb. 10 Port Colborne, Ontario Vale Health & Wellness Center L, 0-3
Notes: For the boxscore, click here … Deloitte, Labatt USA and Toyota are proud sponsors of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … The 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team was announced on Jan. 1, 2018, and can be seen here. Highlighting the roster is captain Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.); alternate captains Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) and Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.); and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) … Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of sled national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2017-18 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team … Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), a two-time U.S. Olympian (1988, 1992) and USA Hockey’s regional manager of the American Development Model, is in his first season as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and third stint overall with the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Joining Gosselin behind the bench in Buffalo is assistant coach David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.) while additional U.S. staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment manager Bill Samberg (Parker, Colo.).