The US National Sled Team, led by a lightning quick defense and stellar goaltending, defeated Canada 3-0, to win the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championships in Buffalo, NY. USA, much quicker than their opponents, both defensively and offensively, dominated play for most of the tournament. In the gold medal game against Canada, it took a goal by 17 year-old Declan Farmer in the 3rd period to break a 0-0 tie and USA never looked back. Another goal by Dan McCoy and an empty netter by Josh Pauls plus great goaltending by Steven Cash sealed the deal. USA outscored their opponents, 29-1, in the five games to win gold. USA, 5-0-0, finished the tourney with four straight shutouts.
Declan Farmer scores
Josh Sweeney scores winning goal
With a smothering defense and the ability to keep the play in the Russian zone for most of the game, USA Hockey's National Sled Team defeated Russia, 1-0, to win GOLD in the 2014 Winter Paralympics. It was a game pretty much dominated by USA but it was kept close by the Russian's never say die attitude, physical play, and a hot goalie. But USA had an even hotter goalie in Steve Cash, who recorded his 8th shutout in Paralympic play going back to the 2010 Paralympics where he had 5. USA's lone goal was scored by Josh Sweeney on a breakaway after intercepting a pass just inside the Russian zone late in the 2nd period. Congratulations to Team USA and their performance on a great game played by all, including by their coaches. By winning gold, this makes back-to-back gold medal wins in the Winter Paralympics for Team USA Sled Hockey.
USA Hockey's National Sled Team will get a chance to defend its 2010 Gold Medal title as they play Russia this Saturday, March 15th, for the Gold Medal in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games after defeating Canada in the semi-finals, 3-0. They will be seeking revenge for their preliminary round loss to the Russians, 2-1. Watch the game live on TeamUSA.org at 12 noon ET and as a last minute change, NBC will broadcast the game live at 12 noon ET not tape delayed at 1 pm as listed below.
Replays of USA Paralympic Hockey games are being streamed for free via TeamUSA.org. All games, including the gold medal game, are available. Click on below to watch.
Direct links to replays available:
Game 1, USA vs. Italy, click here. Gold Medal Game (by periods only):
Game 2, USA vs. Korea, click here. 1st period, USA vs. Russia, click here.
Game 3, USA vs. Russia, click here. 2nd period, USA vs. Russia, click here.
Semi-finals, USA vs. Canada, click here. 3rd period, USA vs. Russia, click here.
Bronze, Canada vs. Norway, click here. Medal Awards Ceremony, click here.
Click here to watch the PBS special on USA Hockey's National Sled Team, as they prepare for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The team, made up of players with various disabilities, is poised and ready to win gold. USA starts play on March 8th vs. Italy (aired on NBCSN at 5:30 pm ET) with the Gold Medal Game being aired live nationally on NBC, March 15th at 12 noon ET (not 1 pm as listed below). All games are also being streamed live at TeamUSA.org.
4/8/14: A report this morning on WLNS 6 (Lansing, MI.) newscast stated that scientists and other medical professionals working in the field of paralysis have gained great progress in using electrical pulses to stimulate the nerves in the spinal column to create movement. The subjects in this trial, all paralyzed, were able to voluntarily move their feet, ankles, legs, and hips. The procedure used and the results are explained here. The electrical device used appears to be similar to a pacemaker, sending signals to enable those with severed nerves in their spinal column to move about. Hopefully, this device will make it possible to move without the aid of a wheelchair. This is so promisng for the many who are currently paralyzed.