After checking out of the dorms at the University of Buffalo, the players headed over to the rink for their last games of the 2019 Sled Hockey Player Development Camp.
The red team and the blue team met first at 9:30 a.m. followed by the championship game at 11:15 a.m., featuring the white team and the gold team. The gold team entered the championship game with a perfect 3-0 record.
Tryouts for the 2019-20 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will begin tomorrow at Northtown Center in Amherst, New York. Players trying out will be divided into four teams and play two scrimmages on Saturday (July 13) and one scrimmage on Sunday (July 14).
John Curtin recorded three points (1g, 2a) while Evan Nichols (2g) and Isaac Escobedo (2a) each finished with two points to lift the red team past the blue team 5-3 in their final game of the 2019 Sled Hockey Player Development Camp.
The red team and the blue team alternated scoring in the first half, but team red held a 3-2 advantage going into the intermission. The red team scored back-to-back in the second half to take a three goal lead, but Corey Chiou added another for the blue team to secure the final at 5-3. Nine players on the red team finished the game with at least one point.
The white team claimed the 2019 Sled Hockey PDC championship after routing the gold team 4-0. David Eustace had three assists while four different players recorded goals for the white team. Drew Rigney, Tyler Shepersky, David Torres and Joey Woodke each snagged a goal for the white team in the championship game.
Team white was coached by two-time Paralympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.).
Team White, coach by Rico Roman, defeated Team Gold 4-0 in the Sled PDC championship game.
Catherine Faherty started playing sled hockey when she was just six-years-old. The upcoming season will be her ninth year of playing sled hockey. Catherine, a native of Norwell, Massachusetts, plays for the Northeast Passage Wildcats sled hockey team back home.
The 14-year-old said she was really nervous to come to the high-level Sled Hockey Player Development Camp, but in the end was very happy she attended. Catherine said one of her favorite parts about the camp was being coached by Paralympians.
Catherine said one of the most important things she learned this week at camp was don't pass if you don't have to. Don't just give the puck away and keep it as long as you can.