The U.S. hit the ice for its final skate ahead of its tournament-opening game tomorrow against Canada. Puck drop is slated for 6:30 p.m. local time (12:30 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and also streamed live on olympicchannel.com.
Including its seven games this season, the United States holds a 49-4-1-4 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record over the last four seasons. Those 49 wins include a Paralympic gold (2018), two world championship medals (gold - 2015, silver - 2017), five-straight Para Hockey Cups (2015, 2016 (Jan.), 2016 (Dec.), 2017, 2018), the 2016 IPC Pan-Pacific Championship and the 2018 Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament. Additionally, since 2009, Team USA has reached eight consecutive gold-medal game berths at the Paralympic and World Championship level. In those appearances, the U.S. has posted a 6-2 record while claiming three Paralympic gold medals (2010, 2014, 2018) and three world championship gold medals (2009, 2012, 2015). Its two losses came in world championship play (2013, 2017).
PASSING THE TIME
WIth back-to-back practice at 5:45 p.m. local time here in Ostrava, Team USA has found a variety of ways to occupy its time throughout the day. Some have needed to use the free time to maintain its college courses, others have ventured nearby to explore walking trails and parts of Ostrava and a few have also elected to spend time playing video games.