OSTRAVA, Czechia – Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored three times and added three assists, while Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) tallied twice to help the U.S. National Sled Team to a 10-0 victory over Czechia here today in preliminary round play at the International Para Hockey Cup at RT Torax Arena.
With the win, the U.S. improves to 2-0 and will play its final preliminary round game Tuesday (Sept. 27) against Canada at 10 a.m. ET. A live stream of the game will be available here.
“I thought it was another solid effort tonight by all four lines,” said David Hoff, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team, “We really moved the puck well and capitalized on our opportunities. It will be good to have tomorrow off before facing Canada.”
Farmer opened the scoring 2:52 into the game, stickhandling past three defenders and netting his third goal of the tournament. With 6:41 remaining in the period, Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) scored his first of the tournament, firing one into the top corner of the net off a feed from Josh Misiewicz (La Grange, Ill.).
The U.S. scored three times in the opening 2:19 of the second period to take full command of the game. Farmer tallied his second of the contest :47 into the stanza, and then 23 seconds later, Farmer and Malik Jones (Aurora, Colo.) assisted on Evan Nichols (Haymarket, Va.) tally to further extend the U.S. advantage. Pauls added the fifth U.S. goal off of another Farmer assist just over a minute later.
Newcomer Rob Easley (Denver, Colo.) made it 6-0 with assists from Travis Dodson (Deming, N.M.) and David Eustace (Stoneham, Mass.) at 4:38. Later in the period, Dodson took possession of the puck behind the Czechia net, carried the puck to the net front, and scored shorthanded with 6:55 remaining. With just under five minutes to go in the period, Nichols had a breakaway opportunity stopped, but Farmer put home a loose puck in the crease to complete his hat trick.
Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) scored on the power play goal 4:55 into the final frame, skating past two defenders to advance the U.S. lead to 9-0. Pauls finished the scoring with a power play marker of his own with 3:43 remaining.
Goaltenders Griffin LaMarre (Haverhill, Mass) and Chris McCoy (O’Fallon, Mo.) combined for a shutout, with LaMarre stopping all six shots he faced through the first two periods, and McCoy playing the final frame.
NOTES: Declan Farmer was named U.S. Player of the Game… The U.S. outshot Czechia 29-6. … The U.S. was 2-6 on the power play, while Czechia was 0-4.