ROCKLAND, Ont. – The U.S. National Sled Team lost to Canada, 2-0, tonight in game two of the three-game series at the Canadian International Hockey Academy Arena. Both Canadian goals were scored on the power play in the first period.
"Tonight we did not play with the same spark that we had in last night's win," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team. "We gave up two power-play goals then continued to take penalties, which prevented us from gaining any momentum. Tomorrow, we have to be more disciplined and take advantage of our scoring chances if we want to win the series."
Canada had a pair of man-advantages in the opening period and converted on both opportunities. The first tally came at 9:03, while the second occurred at 12:39.
Team USA had two power plays in the game, one in each of the first two periods, but could not capitalize.
Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made 18 saves in the defeat, while Canada's Corbin Watson had eight stops.
The decisive game of the three-game series will be played on Saturday (Feb. 16) at 2 p.m. ET at the Canadian International Hockey Academy Arena.
Scoring By Period
Team 1 2 3 Total
USA 0 0 0 0
CAN 2 0 0 2
First Period – Scoring: 1, CAN, Bridges (Westlake, Dixon), 9:03 (pp); 2, CAN, Dixon (Bridges, Dorion), 12:39 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Bowden (checking from behind), 2:58; USA, Brady (interference), 8:06; USA, Carron (interference), 10:11.
Second Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: CAN, Rempel (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:22; USA, Schaus (roughing), 1:22; CAN, Bridges (interference), 6:04; USA, Page (interference), 6:39; USA, Landeros (roughing), 11:14; USA, Page (roughing), 15:00.
Third Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Roman (delay of game), 13:29.
Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 3 1 4 8
CAN 9 6 5 20
Goaltender (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Cash, 45:00 7/9 6/6 5/5 18/20
CAN, Watson, 45:00 3/3 1/1 4/4 8/8
Power Play: CAN 2-6; USA, 0-2
Penalties: CAN 3-6; USA, 7-14
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