Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored twice and Bo Reichenbach (Billings, Mont.) registered his first world championship shutout as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team blanked Germany, 9-0, here at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea.
"We faced some adversity in the beginning, but our players pushed through and put in a strong team effort," said Guy Gosselin, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "It's good to see scoring from all of our lines. We'll rest up, take care of ourselves tonight and tomorrow and be ready to go for Canada on Monday."
Team USA (3-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) will have an off day tomorrow before facing Canada in a battle of unbeaten on Monday, April 17. Puck drop is slated for 3 p.m. local (2 a.m. ET) and will be streamed live at Gangneung2017.com.
After beginning the game with a flurry of scoring opportunities, the U.S. broke through at the 9:53 mark when Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) collected a loose puck behind the net, curled around and flicked a backhanded shot underneath the crossbar. The goal was his seventh of the tournament, setting a new U.S. record for most goals by a U.S. player in a single world championship.
Less than a minute later, Schaus doubled Team USA’s lead by redirecting a pass from Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) underneath Germany’s goaltender Klaus Brzoska. Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) made it 3-0 by one-timing a pass from Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) to the left of the goal with 2:33 remaining in the opening period.
Team USA extended its lead 3:43 into the second stanza when Schaus took a pass from Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.) and fired a wrist shot high glove-side for his second goal of the game. Five minutes later, Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) made it 5-0 when his long-range shot beat Bzoska before Pauls added a goal just :14 later.
In the final frame, McKee gave the U.S. a 7-0 lead with his first goal of the tournament 3:21 into the period. Just 1:32 later, Noah Grove (Frederick, Md.) scored his first goal as a member of Team USA when he wrapped around the net and tucked a shot under the crossbar. Captain Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa) then tallied his first goal of the tournament 1:21 later to account for the 9-0 final.
Reichenbach, who started his first game at the world championship level, finished with seven saves in the victory.
NOTES: Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... The U.S. outshot Germany, 47-7, went 1-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. For complete statistics, click here ... Labatt USA is a proud sponsor of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... The 2017 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship is doubling as a test event for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and the top five teams will automatically qualify for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games ... Team USA, the tournament's defending champion, seeks back-to-back gold medals in the event for the second time (2009, 2012) ... Among the 17 players representing Team USA, 12 were members of the 2015 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team that won the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship. For the complete 2016-17 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here ... Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of inline and sled hockey national teams for USA Hockey, is the general manager of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Joining national team head coach Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.) behind the bench is assistant coach David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.). Additional team staff members include athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.), assistant coach Mike Sertich (Duluth, Minn.), equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.), and team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.). Cortese, Isaacson, and Uihlein have been staff members for the past four seasons.
|Date (U.S)||Opponent||Result||U.S. Player of Game|
|April 12||Sweden||W, 7-0||Brody Roybal|
|April 13||Italy||W, 9-1||Declan Farmer|
|April 15||Germany||W, 9-0||Josh Pauls|
|April 17||Canada||W, 2-1||Kevin McKee|
|April 17||Norway||W, 6-0||Tyler Carron|
|April 19||Korea||W, 5-0||Jack Wallace|
|L, 1-4||Andy Yohe|
Team USA faces off with Germany for its third game in as many days at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship here today in Gangneung, South Korea. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. local (2 a.m. ET) and will be live streamed at Gangneung2017.com with live tweets available through @usahockey using the hashtag #SledWorlds.
USA VS. GERMANY
The United States leads Germany, 4-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in its all-time series. The two teams last met at the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship, where Team USA skated to a 7-0 shutout victory. Current U.S. players to score in the victory include Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.), Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.), Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.), Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) and Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.)
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
Just one day removed from setting a new U.S. record for career goals in sled world championships, Declan Farmer now holds the record for most career points in a sled world championship by a U.S. player with 23 (16-7). Behind him is Adam Page, who has 22 (10-12) while Josh Pauls is third with 19 (10-9). With six goals through two games, Farmer needs one goal to set a new U.S. record for most goals by a U.S. player in a single world championship.
Meanwhile, Page and Roybal are each one assist away from tying the U.S. career record for assists in world championship play, which is currently held by Alexi Salamone with 13.
Among regular season records, Farmer’s 25 points and 14 goals are the most ever by a U.S. player in a single season, besting his own records from the 2015-16 season. In addition, Roybal needs just one assist to best his own record of 13 assists in a single season, which he set in 2014-15. Behind Roybal is McKee, who has 12 assists and Farmer with 11.
Throughout the team’s stay in Korea, the players and staff have found unique ways to make the most of their time here. While some have spent time playing ‘shinny hockey’, others have ventured outside to explore the surroundings or bowl at a nearby bowling alley. With a golf course in close proximity, some players considering to play a round.
LAST GAME, APRIL 14: USA 9, ITALY 1
Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored his second hat trick in as many games and 10 other players tallied at least a point as Team USA topped Italy, 9-1. Farmer was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
“I liked the way we started each period and how that carried us throughout the game,” said Guy Gosselin, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “We were able to roll our lines and really give players a chance to shine."