TURIN, Italy — Josh Misiewicz (La Grange, Ill.) registered four points and Brody Royball (Northlake, Ill.) scored three goals for the second straight game as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team blanked Norway, 8-0, to finish the preliminary round undefeated here at the 2018 Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament at the Palaghiaccio Tazzoli.
“Three games in three days is tough, but I’m proud of the way we closed out the preliminary round with a great team performance,” said Guy Gosselin, head coach of the 2018 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “We’re feeling good about our game right now. We’ll enjoy tomorrow’s off day as a team and then turn our attention to Friday’s semifinal.”
Team USA (3-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) will play its semifinal game on Friday (Jan. 26) against Japan. Face-off is set for 3 p.m. local/9 a.m. ET with the winner set to play in the championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. local/7 a.m. ET against the winner of the Italy-Norway semifinal.
For the complete game recap, click here.
2018 Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament
Team USA Schedule – Turin, Italy – Jan. 22-27 – Palaghiaccio Tazzoli
Date Opponent (POG) Round Time/Result (Local/ET)
Mon., Jan. 22 Italy
Nikko Landeros Round Robin W, 6-0
Tues., Jan. 23 Japan
Brody Roybal Round Robin W, 8-0
Wed., Jan. 24 Norway
Josh Misiewicz Round Robin W, 8-0
Fri., Jan. 26 Japan Semifinal 3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
Sat., Jan. 27 TBD Third-Place Game 10:00 a.m./4:00 a.m.
TBD Championship Game 1:00 p.m./7:00 a.m.
NOTES: Josh Misiewicz (La Grange, Ill.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game … The U.S. outshot Norway, 20-4. For the complete game stats, 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 … 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 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 Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.).