TURIN, Italy — Josh Misiewicz (La Grange, Ill.) and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) each tallied a goal and an assist as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team topped Italy, 6-0, here today in its first game of the 2018 Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament at the Palaghiaccio Tazzoli.
“I thought we got better as the game went on and did what we needed to do to get the win,” said Guy Gosselin, head coach of the 2018 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Their goalie played extremely well, but credit to our guys for persevering and getting this hard-earned win. We’ll rest up tonight and get ready for tomorrow’s game against Japan.”
Team USA (1-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) returns to action tomorrow (Jan. 23) when it takes on Japan. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. local time/9 a.m. ET at the Palaghiaccio Tazzoli.
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 Round Robin 3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
Wed., Jan. 24 Norway Round Robin 3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
Fri., Jan. 26 TBD Semifinal 10:00 a.m./4:00 a.m.
TBD 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: Nikko Landeros was named the U.S. Player of the Game … The U.S. outshot Italy, 30-6, went 2-for-3 on the powerplay and was 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. For complete game stats, click here … Deloitte, Labatt USA and Toyota are proud sponsors of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … Yesterday, Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey and the general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, passed away in his sleep at his home in Colorado Springs. Johannson, who was a childhood teammate and eventual two-time Olympic teammate with U.S. National Sled Hockey Team head coach Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), led U.S. national teams that claimed 34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze medals; played an instrumental role in the launching and implementation of the highly acclaimed American Development Model; and was involved in securing USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, as a home for all U.S. teams to utilize. For more, click here … 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.).