LEDUC, Alberta – The U.S. National Sled Team advanced to the championship game of the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge with an 8-0 win over Korea today at the Leduc Recreation Centre. Dan McCoy (Cheswick, Pa.) had five points, Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) and Josh Misiewicz (La Grange, Ill.) each scored twice, and Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) recorded his second consecutive shutout in the victory.
“I thought the first two periods weren't our strongest of the tournament,” said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Fortunately, we got things taken care of in the third and can now turn our attention to Saturday’s game.”
After a scoreless first period, Team USA opened the scoring on the power play 10:24 into the second stanza. Nikko Landeros (Chicago, Ill.) took a pass from Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) and found Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) in front of the net to give USA the 1-0 lead.
Team USA extended its lead early in the final frame with three goals over a span of two minutes. Landeros' third goal of the tournament came when he collected the puck behind Korea's net, flipped it onto his stick, and finished a wraparound attempt. McCoy scored 24 seconds later from the hash marks before Farmer tucked one under the bar to make it 4-0.
With the United States on the two-man advantage, newcomer Misiewicz made it 5-0 with his first goal as a member of Team USA. A minute later he grabbed his second goal of the game to extend USA’s lead to 6-0. Page connected twice within 20 seconds in the final minute of play to seal the victory.
Team USA will play in the championship game on Saturday (Feb. 7) versus the winner of tonight's semifinal game between Canada and Russia. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. ET and can be streamed live on FASTHockey.com.
NOTES: Josh Misiewicz was named U.S. Player of the Game … Nikko Landeros, Declan Farmer and Brody Roybal have points in all four games … Team USA outshot Korea, 38-4 … 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.
QUESTION: If you have a player with a suspension, and you tell the referee to record it on the scoresheet before a game because the player is sitting out, but the referee comes over before the game a tells you he talked to the league and said he can play what should you do?
ANSWER: All suspensions and other forms of discipline are managed by the local USAH Affiliate of the team, and referees cannot determine player eligibility. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Team Coach to make sure players serve their suspensions. Therefore, it would be wise to receive any disciplinary notice from the local Affiliate first-hand.
QUESTION: A player is in the penalty box serving a minor penalty. Play continues 5 v. 4 while the player complains about the call. Play is stopped when the referee assesses the penalized player a second minor penalty for Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Should two minutes be added to the time remaining on the scoreboard for the player's first penalty, or should a second penalty be placed on the scoreboard with play then continuing "5 v. 3"?
ANSWER: In this situation, the same player earned both penalties. Therefore, two minutes must be added to the remaining time on the player’s first penalty and play resumes 5 v. 4.
QUESTION: Attacking team in the attacking zone gets a delayed penalty for High-Sticking. The defensive team clears the puck out of the zone and the penalized team's goalie plays the puck. I would like to know where the ensuing face-off should take place.
ANSWER: Since play stopped due to the offending team’s goalkeeper securing possession and control of the puck, the face-off would be located at the nearest face-off spot (in the same zone) as where the goalkeeper played the puck.
QUESTION: If a goalie kicks the net off, can a goal still be scored? Situation is a goal mouth pass came from left to right, goalie slid across, knocking the net off, and a pass was then sent back across to the for an open net goal. Ref called it a "goal" and then realized the net was off and called it "no goal".
ANSWER: Rule 610.e in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states:
“Play shall be stopped immediately when the goal frame has been displaced from its normal position.”
Therefore, if the officials are 100% certain that the goal frame was displaced before the puck entered the goal, they must disallow the goal.
QUESTION: If a player of the opposing team swears at a coach, what is the punishment for that player?
ANSWER: Rule 601.c in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states:
“A misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who commits the following actions:
Persists in any conduct where they were previously assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Using obscene, profane or abusive language to any person anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game.
Intentionally knocking or shooting the puck out of the reach of an official who is retrieving it during a stoppage of play.
Not proceeding directly and immediately to the penalty bench or to the dressing room, after being penalized and ordered to do so by the officials (equipment shall be delivered to him by a teammate, if necessary).
Entering or remaining in the Referee’s Crease, unless invited to do so.
Interfering in any non-physical manner with any Game Official including the Referee, Linesman, Timekeepers or Goal Judges in the performance of their duties.”
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