The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team claimed gold at the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships on Sunday, May 3rd. The team earned its fourth consecutive shutout win in a 3-0 victory over Canada to win gold, reported teamusa.org.
Through the first two periods both teams played a physical game and traded scoring chances. Canada’s best opportunity came in the first on a breakaway. U.S. goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) left the crease to challenge the skater who still got the shot off and the puck narrowly missed the open net, reported teamusa.org. Canada created a few more quality scoring chances, but the U.S. controlled most of the play, out-shooting Canada 13-3 through the first two stanzas, added teamusa.org.
In the third period, Brody Roybal fed Farmer a pass out of the right offensive corner and he scored low on the goaltender’s short side to give the U.S. the 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later with Team USA continuing to pressure, Adam Page found Dan McCoy waiting at the front of the net where he fired a shot over the goaltender for the second U.S. goal. Josh Pauls sealed the 3-0 victory in the final 22 seconds with an empty-net marker, stated paralympicsports.com.
“It’s really amazing to finish the season undefeated,” said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the 2015 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “It’s a great credit to our guys. It’s always fun to win,” reported olympictalk.nbcsports.com.
“Obviously, in Sochi, we worked really hard to win gold there, and I feel like this year we’ve been working even harder as a unit. To do this in front of our home fans and in front of a lot of people who have never even been exposed to sled hockey before, it gives me a feeling of pride and speaks volumes to where the sport has come and how much it has grown,” stated Steve Cash, goaltender.
With the victory, the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team has now won gold in three of the last four IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships. With the victory on May 3rd, it gave the United States its fifth championship in the last seven major international competitions. Including the 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Hamar, Norway; the 2012 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alberta; the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia; and the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alberta, reported the hockeynews.com.