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