The United States opened tournament play today with a 3-1 victory over Canada. Declan Farmer scored twice, Steve Cash made 10 saves and Noah Grove registered the game-winning goal to earn Player of the Game honors. The win marks Team USA's 32nd victory in 49 world championship games.
As stated by World Para Ice Hockey, last night's 10,173 spectators for the full day set a new tournament record. In addition, the U.S.-Canada game was preceded by the host nation, Czech Republic, defeating Japan, 8-0, in front of a single-game record crowd of 7,224 spectators.
"It was awesome playing in front of a big crowd again! Can't wait to see what the rest of the tournament holds." - U.S. captain Josh Pauls tweeted.
AMBASSADOR STEPHEN KING VISITS TEAM USA
Following last night's victory, the U.S. received a locker room visit from Stephen B. King, U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. King, who was confirmed by the Senate on October 5, 2017, hails from Madison, Wisconsin, where the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team has trained the last few years due to strong relationships developed by the late head coach and long-time Wisconsin Badger men's ice hockey coach, Jeff Sauer.