GANGNEUNG, South Korea – (Photo USA Hockey) — Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) scored, but the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team lost to Canada, 4-1, to finish with a silver medal at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea.
It is the third silver medal in world championship play for Team USA, who finished the tournament with a 6-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.
“It’s disappointing to fall short of our goal,” said Guy Gosselin, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Give Canada credit, they played a tough game. We just weren’t able to find that extra gear tonight.”
Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) was named the tournament’s top forward after totaling 16 points (12-4) in seven games. Team USA, which opened the season by capturing the 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge crown back in December, completes the 2016-17 campaign with a 10-1-0-1 record.
For a complete game recap, click here.
U.S. 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship Schedule
Date Opponent Result
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
NOTES: Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa) was named U.S. Player of the Game … The U.S. was outshot by Canada, 17-13, finished 1-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill … Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) was named the tournament’s best forward … Labatt USA is a proud sponsor of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … The 2017 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship doubled as a test event for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and saw the United States, Canada, Korea, Norway and Italy receive automatic qualification for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. … 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. Head Coach Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.) is joined behind the bench by 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.