OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – The United States and Czech Republic will both be looking to bounce back after Day 1 at the 2021 Para Ice Hockey World Championship, as they are set to square off at 9:00 a.m. ET on the Olympic Channel, with studio coverage pre- and post-game, as well as intermission reports.
It’s been 13 years since the U.S. lost back-to-back contests at World Championships, as Team USA looks to extend its four-game win streak following a loss.
The U.S. and Czech Republic last met at the 2019 Para Hockey Cup quarterfinals, with the Americans winning, 8-0, on their way to claiming a championship. The U.S. has a two-game win streak over the Czech Republic at World Championships, outscoring their opponents 10-2 and 3-0. Group A features the top four teams in the tournament ahead of quarterfinal and semifinal matchups based on the 2019 Worlds final results: United States, Canada, South Korea and Czech Republic.
Alternate captain Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) will be skating in his 100th career game for USA Hockey. Farmer became the first player in sled national team history to score 100 career goals for Team USA. Farmer has scored 188 points (104-84--188) in 99 career games with USA Hockey, including 47 points in 23 games at Sled World Championships. Farmer recently moved to Nashville, Tenn. after graduating from Princeton University with a degree in Economics.
Today’s Opponent: Czech Republic
The Sled National Team has a 2-0-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) series record against Czech Republic in Sled Worlds. The U.S. has defeated Czech Republic in two consecutive Sled World Championship games.