GANGNEUNG, South Korea – Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made 11 saves and Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored the game-winning goal to lead the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team past Canada, 2-1, here at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea.
“We had a slow start, but after the first period I thought we took our game to another level and our guys were rewarded with a hard-fought win,” said Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “We have a short turnaround here, so we’ll make sure everyone takes care of themselves tonight and be ready to go tomorrow.”
Team USA (4-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) returns to action tomorrow when it faces Norway. Puck drop is set for 11 a.m. local (10 p.m. ET) at Gangneung Hockey Centre and will be streamed live at Gangneung2017.com.
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 11 a.m./10 p.m.*
Wed., April 19 Korea 3 p.m./2 a.m.
Thurs., April 20 Fifth-Place Game 11 a.m./10 p.m.*
Bronze-Medal Game 3 p.m./2 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game 7 p.m./6 a.m.
*Game takes place prior day in U.S.
NOTES: Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game … The U.S. was outshot 8-12, went 1-for-1 on the power play and finished 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. For complete statistics, click here … 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.