The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team returns to action today against Italy in its second preliminary round game of the 2017 World Sled Hockey Challenge here in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Puck drop is set for 12:00 p.m. local time (11:00 a.m. ET) and will be streamed in the U.S. on HockeyTV.com with updates also available on Twitter @usahockey with the hashtag #WSHC
THE SERIES VS. ITALY
The U.S. and Korea are meeting for the sixth time with the U.S. having claimed all five previous matchups.
Most recently, the two teams met at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea, where Team USA topped Italy, 9-1. DeclanFarmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored three times and 11 other players tallied at least a point in the win.
The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team topped Korea, 8-0, behind two-goal performances from Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) and Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and an eight-save shutout effort by Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.). Wallace received player of the game honors as six U.S. players registered at least one goal. The win was Team USA’s eighth straight in World Sled Hockey Challenge play, dating back to the 2016 (Jan.) WSHC.
Reflecting on yesterday’s 8-0 victory over Korea, head coach Guy Gosselin said, ““This was a great team win to get the season started. I think we had contributions from everybody. There was a lot of nervous energy in the locker room but they waent out made a pass, got a hit, took a shot, got into it right away and I think they playe the full 45. We were able to dictate our style of play and we’ll look for this team effort to carry over.”
IN GOAL TODAY
Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) is the likely starter for Team USA. Lee was a member of the gold medal-winning 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. His contributions with Team USA include two medals in world championship play (gold: 2012; silver: 2013) and one World Sled Hockey Challenge title (2012). Prior to sled hockey, Lee was a sergeant in the United States Army.
NATIONAL TEAM MILESTONES
Yesterday’s victory over Korea saw multiple U.S. players claim personal milestones. In his national team debut, Travis Dodson (Deming, N.M.) registered one assist while Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.), in his second season with Team USA, registered his first multi-goal game.