LEDUC, Alberta – Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) scored twice and Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made 13 saves as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team shut out Canada, 2-0, tonight in preliminary round action at the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge.
“For two and a half periods I thought we played very strong, but lost our composure a bit in the third,” said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Our goals tonight show that anything can happen when we put the puck on net.”
Both teams exchanged chances in front of a sellout crowd until Landeros scored with just over a minute left in the first period. Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) won the faceoff in Canada’s zone allowing Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) the chance to collect the puck and send it to the point where Landeros fired a shot top shelf.
After a scoreless second stanza, Landeros pushed Team USA’s lead to 2-0 with 6:09 left in the third period when his shot from above the hash marks found the back of the net. Farmer’s second assist of the game gave him his tournament-leading seventh point.
With the win, Team USA advances from preliminary round action with a perfect 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record for the first time in tournament play.
The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will be back in action tomorrow (Feb. 5) when it squares off with Korea in the semifinal round of the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. ET and can be seen live on FASTHockey.com.
NOTES: Nikko Landeros was named the U.S. Player of the Game … Landeros (2-3—5), Declan Farmer (2-5– 7) and Brody Roybal (3-1—4) have points in all three games … The shutout was the first of the tournament for Steve Cash, extending his all-time shutout mark to 28 … Team USA outshot Canada, 21-13 … For full game statistics, click here … For complete Team USA coverage, click here … Follow @USAHockeyScores for in-game updates. Join the World Sled Hockey Challenge conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WSHC.
This week’s features:
QUESTION: We have a Dr. who we rostered as a coach to be the teams “medical trainer”. Would he be included in the (4) coaches on the bench or are we allowed to have (4) coaches + (1) medical trainer? (5) total?
ANSWER: USA Hockey Rule 201(b) states that a team may have up to four Team Officials which includes coaches and medical trainers.
QUESTION: At the final buzzer, players from both teams are leaving their benches to congratulate/console their respective goalies. An altercation breaks out near the goal where play ended and the players from both benches skate towards the altercation. Some players get involved in pushing, shoving, etc. Should any of the players be assessed a 629(a) penalty for leaving the bench?
ANSWER: Assuming the players were in the act of leaving the bench when the altercation occurred, Rule 629(a) would not apply to your situation. However, any infractions that these players commit should definitely be penalized.
QUESTION: A player on the ice punches/slashes a player who has left the ice after being ordered off by a referee. Ordered player was headed to the dressing room with under 5 minutes remaining in the game when opposition player slashed the back of his legs after he stepped through the gate. Player then sucker punched the other player when he turned around after the slash. Player who left the ice returns What penalties and are both players subject to suspension?
ANSWER: These infractions should be penalized under Rule 634 (Slashing) and Rule 615 (Fighting).
QUESTION: Are officials required to wear a HECC Certified Helmet and does that include wearing ear guards, as required of players?
ANSWER: Rule 501(c) in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states,
“Each official is required to wear a black hockey helmet, with chin strap properly fastened, and a half-shield visor properly attached to their helmets.”
The helmet does not have to be HECC approved.
QUESTION: A substitute player whose teammate is already standing on the bench plays the puck while seated on the top of the boards (has not yet made contact with the ice). Both skates are dangling in the playing area. Should this have been penalized as interference seeing he hadn't made contact with the ice yet (rule 625(a)9); or, because both feet were in the playing area the play was good?
ANSWER: A player must be standing on the ice to participate in play. This situation should be penalized for interference.
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