GANGNEUNG, South Korea – Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) scored twice and eight other players tallied a point as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team defeated Korea, 5-0, to finish preliminary round with a perfect 6-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record here at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea.
“This was a good team win,” said Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “We had good puck movement and contributions from all of our lines. Now, we rest up and make sure we’re ready to go for gold tomorrow.”
The defending gold medalist in the event, Team USA will face Canada tomorrow (April 20) in the gold medal game. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. local (6 a.m. ET) and will be streamed live at Gangneung2017.com. In addition, NBCSN will air the game on tape delay at 2:30 p.m. ET.
For the complete game recap, click here.
U.S. 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship Schedule
Date Opponent Local/ET
Thurs., April 13 Sweden W, 7-0
Fri., April 14 Italy W, 9-1
Sat., April 15 Germany W, 9-0
Mon., April 17 Canada W, 2-1
Tues., April 18 Norway W, 6-0
Wed., April 19 Korea W, 5-0
Thurs., April 20 Canada
Gold-Medal Game 7 p.m./6 a.m.
*Game takes place prior day in U.S.
NOTES: Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game … The U.S. outshot Korea, 21-9, went 1-for-4 on the power play and finished 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. For complete statistics, click here … This is the 12th straight major international tournament — and fifth straight world championship — in which the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will be competing in the championship game. A victory will give Team USA its seventh straight major international title … Labatt USA is a proud sponsor of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … The 2017 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship is doubling as a test event for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and the top five teams will automatically qualify for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. … Team USA, the tournament’s defending champion, seeks back-to-back gold medals in the event for the second time (2009, 2012) … Among the 17 players representing Team USA, 12 were members of the 2015 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team that won the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship. For the complete 2016-17 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here … Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of inline and sled hockey national teams for USA Hockey, is the general manager of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Joining national team head coach Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.) behind the bench is assistant coach David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.). Additional team staff members include athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.), assistant coach Mike Sertich (Duluth, Minn.), equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.), and team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.). Cortese, Isaacson, and Uihlein have been staff members for the past four seasons.
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