Team USA defeated Canada 4-1 to take Game 2 of the Border Series tonight at Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights. Missouri.
"I knew last night would serve as good motivation for us and I think we really proved that here tonight," said David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), head coach of the 2021-22 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "I felt like the tempo tonight better reflected what our team is about and it ultimately got us the outcome we wanted. I'm excited for us to get back together as a group and continue to grow as a team."
Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) gave Team USA an early 1-0 lead, finding the back of the net just 40 seconds into the game.
The remainder of the period saw scoring chances for both teams with the U.S. outshooting Canada 6-2 in the first period, but the score stayed 1-0 in favor of Team USA after one.
With just over 10 minutes to play in the second period, Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) looked to extend Team USA's lead with a shot from the top of circle, but it missed just wide of Canada's net.
Minutes later, Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) followed it up with back-to-back scoring chances, but the score remained 1-0 in favor of Team USA.
Midway through the second period, Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa) tried to tap in a loose puck right in front the resulted in a scuffle in front of the net.
Just under the five minute mark in the second, Malik Jones (Aurora, Colo.) scored his first national team goal to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead. Farmer fed a pass across the crease in tight to the net and Jones was waiting on the back door step to knock it in for a two-goal lead.
Wallace added another goal to Team USA's total with 11:49 to play in the third period. Wallace picked the puck up at the blue line, skated it into the zone and rang it off the post and in to give the U.S. a 3-0 lead in the third.
Canada got on the board late in the third, but Noah Grove (Frederick, Md,) added an empty net goal for the U.S. to make it a 4-1 final.
U.S. goaltender Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) made eight saves to back Team USA to victory Saturday night.
Notes: The U.S. outshot Canada 16-9 ... Team USA was 1-for-4 on the power play while Canada went 0-for-4.