CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.), Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) combined for 16 points as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team defeated Norway, 8-0, here today in its second preliminary-round game of the 2016 (Dec.) World Sled Hockey Challenge at MacLauchlan Arena.
“I thought we had really great intensity from the moment the game started,” said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “It was a great performance to build on as we head into the off day and begin to prepare for Canada.”
Farmer opened the scoring for the U.S. 5:02 into the first period when he collected a pass from Roybal in the neutral zone and split two defensemen before beating Norway’s netminder Deng Kissinger glove side. Just 30 seconds later, McKee netted a rebound from a shot by Roybal to double the U.S. lead.
Team USA extended its advantage to 3-0 with 3:59 left in the first stanza when Farmer one-timed a pass from Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) on a two-on-one rush. Less than a minute after Farmer’s second goal of the game, Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.) tallied a rebound during a net-front scramble to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead entering the first intermission.
McKee gave the U.S. a 5-0 lead with 6:08 left in the middle frame by collecting a cross-crease pass from Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) and putting the puck into a wide-open net.
Roybal scored twice in the first four minutes of the third period and Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) tallied with 9:29 remaining to account for the 8-0 final.
Bo Reichenbach (Billings, Mont.), who made his first start of the tournament, made three saves to account for Team USA’s second-consecutive shutout to open competition
The United States closes preliminary-round action Wednesday (Dec.7) against host Canada. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. ET and can be seen live on HockeyTV.com.
NOTES: Kevin McKee was named U.S. Player of the Game … Team USA outshot Norway, 27-3, finished 0-for-1 on the power play and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill … For complete game stats, click here … Team USA’s forward line of Declan Farmer (2-4), Brody Roybal (2-3) and Kevin McKee (2-3) combined for 16 points in the game … Farmer's six points tied him with four others for the most points in a single game at the WSHC ... Farmer and Page are now tied for first all-time with 40 career goals scored for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … Follow all U.S. games during the World Sled Hockey Challenge via Twitter by using @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores, and join the conversation by using the hashtag #WSHC.
The United States faces Norway at 11 a.m. ET at MacLauchlan Arena (capacity: 1,350) in its second game at the 2016 (Dec.) World Sled Hockey Challenge. The game will be streamed live on HockeyTV.com, in addition to being updated live on Twitter @USAHockeyScores.
USA VS. NORWAY
Team USA holds a 12-1-2-9 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record all-time against Norway. The last meeting between the two teams came in the semifinals of the 2015 International Paralympic Committee Sled Hockey World Championship, where the U.S. earned a 6-0 victory. Adam Page scored twice for Team USA.
Adam Page and Declan Farmer currently rank first and second for the most goals scored all-time for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team with 39 and 38 tallies, respectively. Farmer also ranks second all-time with 76 career points, while Josh Pauls is tied for third alongside Taylor Chace with 73 points and Page sits fifth with 67 points. In 2015-16, Farmer joined Taylor Lipsett and Alexi Salamone with the most goals scored in a single-season with 11 markers.
A STRONG OPENER
Declan Farmer tallied three points (2-1), Nikko Landeros (1-1) and Josh Pauls (0-2) each netted two points and Team USA scored four special-teams goals en route to a 4-0 win over Korea in the opening game of the 2016 (Dec.) World Sled Hockey Challenge. The U.S. outshot Korea 23-7 in the contest, went 3-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Landeros was also named U.S. Player of the Game.