Kyle Zach (South Hadley, Mass.) and Noah Grove (Frederick, Md.) each tallied a goal and an assist and Griffin LaMarre (Haverhill, Mass.) stopped all six shots he faced as the U.S. Developmental Sled Hockey Team shut out Canada, 2-0, to even the three-game series at the 2016 Defi Sportif at Howie Morenz Arena in Montreal, Quebec. The two teams will meet in the final game tomorrow (May 1) at 1:30pm ET.
“It was a great bounce back performance to even the series,” said Mike MacMillan, head coach of the U.S. Developmental Sled Hockey Team. “Now, it’s important we carry this effort over into tomorrow to finish the series and the season on a good note.”
Despite the U.S. holding a 9-3 shot advantage after two periods, the game remained scoreless until 6:25 into the final frame when Zych’s wrist shot from the left circle beat Canada’s goaltender, Adam Kingsmill.
Grove, who assisted on Zych’s opening goal, accounted for the 2-0 final when he collected a pass from Zych and slid the puck beneath Kingsmill.
LaMarre stopped all six shots he faced to earn the shutout.
NOTES: The 2016 Defi Sporitf is being streamed live here … The U.S. outshot Canada, 17-6 … For complete game stats, click here … Jeremy Kennedy (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey’s manager of membership and disabled hockey, is serving as general manager of the U.S. Developmental Sled Hockey Team. Mike MacMillan (Buffalo, Minn.), USA Hockey’s national coach-in-chief, is the head coach of the U.S. Developmental Sled Hockey Team. U.S. Paralympians Kip St. Germaine (East Falmouth, Mass.) and Mike Blabac (Hamburg, N.Y.) are serving as associate head coach and assistant coach, while Craig Brady (Silver Spring, Mass.) is also serving as an assistant coach. Rett Talbot (Delray Beach, Fla.) is the team’s physiotherapist, Dr. Laura Dunne (Allentown, Pa.) is the team doctor and Bill Sandberg (Parker, Colo.) is serving as equipment manager … Pre-registration is now open for tryouts for the 2016-17 U.S. National and Developmental Sled Hockey Teams, which will take place July 16, 2016 at Northtown Center in Amherst, New York. For more information, click here.
U.S. Developmental Sled Hockey Team vs. Canada
April 29-May 1
Howie Morenz Arena
|April 29||L, 1-4|
|April 30||7:30 p.m.|
|May 1||1:30 p.m.|