The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team meets Italy in semifinal action today here at the 2017 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The two teams met on Monday (Dec. 4), where the U.S. skated to a 10-0 win. Puck drop is set for 12:00 p.m. local time (11:00 a.m. ET) and will be streamed in the United States on HockeyTV.com with updates also available on Twitter @usahockey with the hashtag #WSHC.
THE SERIES VS. ITALY
The U.S. and Italy are meeting for the seventh time with the U.S. having claimed all six previous matchups.
The two teams faced off on Monday, where Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored three times and six other U.S. players registered multi-point games as the U.S. blanked Italy, 10-0. Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) registered the shutout in the win and Noah Grove (Frederick, Md.) earned player of the game honors.
TEAM USA IN WSHS SEMIFINALS
A victory today would give the U.S. its seventh-straight berth in a World Sled Hockey Challenge championship game. Team USA’s last WSHC semifinal loss came in the 2011 (April) World Sled Hockey Challenge, where the U.S. fell to Norway, 5-4, in London, Ontario.
Over the last six WSHC tournaments, the U.S. has gone on to win four titles (2012, 2015, 2016 (Jan.), 2016 (Dec.) and two runner-up finishes (2011 (Nov.), 2013).
LEADING THE WAY
Through three games, Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.), Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) have each tallied at least one point. Farmer leads the way with 10 (5-5) while Roybal is second with 8 (4-4) and McKee is third with 7 (4-3). Meanwhile, through two starts goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) is sporting a 1.00 goals against average, 0.933 save percentage, two wins and one shutout as Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) also has a win, shutout and perfect goals against average and save percentage.
LAST GAME: USA 5, CAN 2
Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) stopped 20 shots and Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.), Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.), Josh Misiewicz (La Grange, Ill.) and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) all scored as Team USA edged Canda, 5-2, yesterday. Misiewicz (1-2--3) and Roybal (2-1--3) each tallied three points in the victory as Farmer, McKee and Roybal extended their point streaks to three games. Cash earned player of the game honors.