The U.S. sled team fell to Canada, 4-2, in Game 1 of the two-game Border Series tonight on the outdoor sheet at Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Team USA and Canada are back in action tomorrow, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. local time (9 p.m. ET) at Centene Community Ice Center. That game will also take place on the outdoor rink and will be streamed live on HockeyTV. To purchase tickets to the game, click here.
"Tonight was a bit of a tough one," said David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), head coach of the 2021-22 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "These games against Canada are always a battle. I thought we had good energy and we had the momentum to help us tie it up in the second. In the end things didn't go our way, but our team will use that as motivation going into tomorrow's game."
Canada took a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the first period when Zach Lavin scored off a cross-ice pass from Liam Hickey.
Team USA looked to tie it up with back-to-back scoring chances from Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) and Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) but both chances were smothered by Canadian goaltender Dominic Larocque.
Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) almost leveled the score with just over a minute to play in the first period, but his shot was blocked away by Larocque and Canada maintained a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Hickey added another tally with over six minutes remaining in the second frame to extend Canada’s lead to 2-0. Hickey stole the puck in the slot and landed a shot in the top left corner over USA goaltender Jen Lee's (San Francisco, Calif.) shoulder.
The U.S. scored two goals in 23 seconds at the end of the second period to even the score 2-2. Pauls put Team USA on the board with 3:36 left on the clock in the second. Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) and Roybal picked up the assists on the play.
Josh Misiewicz (La Grange, Ill.) evened the score 23 seconds later after he tapped in a rebound right in front of Canada’s net. Malik Jones (Aurora, Colo.) and David Eustace (Stoneham, Mass.) earned the assists on the play.
Canada reclaimed the lead 13 seconds into the third period with a goal from Anton Jacobs-Webb. It was a physical, back and forth game until the very end. With less than a minute to play in the game and an empty net for Team USA, Canada added an insurance goal to seal the final 4-2.