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U.S. Takes Home Silver at 2024 World Para Ice Hockey Championship

By USA Hockey, 05/12/24, 9:45PM EDT

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Team USA earns 11th-consecutive medal at Sled Worlds

CALGARY, Alberta – The U.S. National Sled Team took home silver following an 2-1 loss to Canada in the gold-medal game at the 2024 World Para Ice Hockey Championship at WinSport Arena. 

This marks Team USA’s 11th-consecutive medal at the World Para Ice Hockey Championship and is its first silver medal since 2017.

“We had a tough start, but we settled in well,” said David Hoff, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team. “They did a good job of making it hard for us in the middle of the ice. It was one of those nights where the game humbled us, but it wasn’t for the lack of effort.”

Dominic Cozzolino gave Canada an early 1-0 lead 35 seconds into the contest when he scored off a rebound off a long shot from Rob Armstrong, right off the side of the net. 

Midway through the second period while killing off a penalty, Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) made a diving stop to shut down a chance for Canada keeping Team USA within one goal.

Canada added a power play tally with 5:54 remaining in the middle frame to take a 2-0 lead.  

Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) cut the Canadian lead in half with 3:41 remaining in the game. Farmer corralled a pass from Malik Jones (Aurora, Colo.) in stride as he entered the zone and closed in on net. Farmer weaved through the Canadian defenders and lifted a shot high on the glove side from close range for the U.S.’ first goal of the game. 

With 1:45 remaining in the game, Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) had a look at the tying goal from the high slot, but Cozzolino nabbed it with his glove. Farmer and Jones both had strong looks as time expired as well, but the shots did not find the back of the net. 

Team USA concluded the 2023-24 season with a 19-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.

GAME PHOTOS

NOTES: Team USA outshot Canada 25-9 …The U.S. went 0-3 on the power play while Canada was 0-2 … Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) was named U.S. Player of the Game … Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) was named the Tournament MVP .. Josh Pauls was named the Tournament’s Best Defender … Declan Farmer tallied a U.S. World Para Ice Hockey Championship single-tournament record 20 points. 


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