OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Team USA and Canada meet for a second time this year, a rematch of the opening game for both teams at the 2021 Para Ice Hockey World Championship. Dating back to the 2014 Paralympics, the U.S. is 4-1 in gold-medal games in both Sled Worlds and Paralympics combined. Tonight's game will also be a rematch of the 2019 Sled Worlds, a game in which the U.S. won in overtime, 3-2. The U.S. has not lost multiple games at Sled Worlds dating back to 2009, and hasn't lost back-to-back Sled Worlds games against Canada since 2000.
The U.S. is playing in its seventh consecutive Worlds gold-medal game, having won four of six gold-medal games to date. The U.S. and Canada have met four times during this streak, splitting the series 2-2. The teams sit at an even 7-7 in four games played, with two games decided by just one goal.
Brody Roybal and Josh Pauls are both riding four-game point streaks in 2021 Para Ice Hockey World Championships. Both players are currently on eight-game point streaks at Para Ice Hockey World Championships dating back to 2019 Worlds. Roybal has scored 17 points and 11 goals (11-6--17) in eight games, while Pauls has scored 16 points and four goals (4-12--16) in his eight games.
The U.S. and Canada opened preliminary play against one another, in a closely contested 2-1 game. The U.S. outshot Canada 16-9, but Canada's power play would give them the edge over the U.S. scoring twice on the man advantage. Since then, both teams have won every game, including three consecutive shutouts by the U.S.
Today’s Opponent: Canada
Since the 2014-15 season, the two teams have met 29 times, with the U.S. posting a 19-4-1-5 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record. All-time, the teams have met on 102 occasions with Team USA holding a 34-11-8-48-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record. Combined, the two teams have captured the last seven world championships and last five Paralympic titles.