ROCKLAND, Ont. – The U.S. National Sled Team defeated Canada, 2-1, today to win the three-game series at the Canadian International Hockey Academy Arena. Facing an early 1-0 deficit, Team USA responded with goals from Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) and Joshua Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.) to take the lead by the end of the first period.
"We played a good all-around game, much like we did in Thursday's win," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team. "We deserved to get the win. Steve Cash had two big saves for us, but besides that we limited Canada's scoring chances. Also, we stayed out of the penalty box."
Canada kicked off the scoring at 4:59 of the first period.
Farmer evened the game at a goal apiece less than three minutes after Canada's goal. He was assisted by Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) and Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.). At 11:41, Sweeney scored the game-winning goal on a feed from Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.).
Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made seven saves for the win, while his counterpart, Corbin Watson, stopped seven shots.
Team USA concludes the 2012-13 campaign at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee World Championship in Goyang City, Korea, April 12-20. The U.S. is the defending gold medalist from the 2012 IPC World Championship in Hamar, Norway.
Scoring By Period
Team 1 2 3 Total
USA 2 0 0 2
CAN 1 0 0 1
First Period – Scoring: 1, CAN, Rempel (Bridges), 4:59; 2, USA, Farmer (Pauls, Shaw), 7:28; 3, USA, Sweeney (Schaus), 11:41. Penalties: CAN, Block (interference), 0:50; USA, Salamone (roughing), 2:43.
Second Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: None.
Third Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: CAN, Bridges (roughing), 10:25.
Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 3 2 4 9
CAN 5 1 2 8
Goaltender (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Cash, 45:00 4/5 1/1 2/2 7/8
CAN, Watson, 44:34 1/3 2/2 4/4 7/9
Power Play: CAN 0-1; USA, 0-2
Penalties: CAN 2-4; USA, 1-2
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!