TORONTO – Alexi Salamone (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored and the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team outshot Canada, 23-20, but Team USA fell behind early and couldn’t rally, losing to the Team Canada, 4-1, in the final preliminary round game of the 2013 World Sledge Hockey Challenge here tonight.
“I was not pleased with the first period, and we lost the game in the first five minutes of the game,” said head coach Jeff Sauer. “I thought we played better in the second and had an excellent third period. But we weren’t ready right off the bat. We weren’t in it mentally, and when you don’t score a lot of goals, it’s tough to get back.”
The Canadians struck for three first-period goals. Tyler McGregor opened the scoring at 5:07 on a tight-angle shot from the right corner. Then, at 9:41, Greg Westlake doubled Canada’s lead when he scored off a turnover in front of U.S. goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.). Westlake added a power-play goal late in the period to give Team Canada a 3-0 advantage at the first intermission.
The teams played an evenly matched middle frame before the U.S. tried to start a comeback bid early in the final stanza.
Salamone put the United States on the board at 2:54 of the third to cut the Canada lead to 3-1. Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) started the scoring play with a great individual effort to get the puck into the offensive end. After driving wide around a Team Canada defender, Landeros threw a puck cross-crease to Salamone, who tapped it in.
Team USA tried furiously to finish the rally, but every chance was snuffed out by Canadian goaltender Corbin Watson, including several back-to-back saves on U.S. flurries around his net. Watson turned away 22 United States attempts in all.
Westlake completed the hat trick and ended the scoring with a late power-play tally.
The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will resume competition in the World Sledge Hockey Challenge tomorrow when it plays Russia in the semifinals. Puck-drop is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
|Dec. 1||Russia||W, 2-1|
|Dec. 2||Korea||W, 5-0|
|Dec. 4||Canada||L, 1-4|
|Dec. 5||Russia (Semis)||W, 4-1|
|Dec. 7||Canada (Finals)||L, 1-3|
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!