Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) scored twice and eight other players tallied a point as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team defeated Korea, 5-0, to finish preliminary round with a perfect 6-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea.
"This was a good team win," said Guy Gosselin, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "We had good puck movement and contributions from all of our lines. Now, we rest up and make sure we're ready to go for gold tomorrow."
The defending gold medalist in the event, Team USA will face Canada tomorrow (April 20) in the gold medal game. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. local (6 a.m. ET) and will be streamed live on Gangneung2017.com. In addition, NBCSN will air the game on tape delay at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Team USA opened the scoring with a power play tally 2:19 into the game when Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) collected the puck to the left of goal and dropped it back to Roybal for a wrist shot that beat Korea’s goaltender, Jaewoong Lee.
Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) doubled Team USA’s lead with 4:10 remaining in the period by collecting a pass from Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) and throwing a low, long-range shot past Lee. Just :22 later, Luke McDermott (Westerlo, N.Y.) made it 3-0 with his first goal of the tournament when Tyler Carron (Fort Collins, Colo.) skated behind the net, shook off a defender and found McDermott alone at the top of the crease for the tap-in goal.
The U.S. extended its lead to 4-0 when Roybal buried a breakaway attempt at the 12:51 mark of the middle stanza. Deep in the U.S. zone, Farmer collected the puck and threw a high pass to the far blue line where Roybal collected it and skated in uncontested for his second goal of the game.
In the final frame, Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) banged home a rebound 1:34 into the period for his first goal as a member of Team USA. The tally came off an initial attempt from Landeros that rang off the crossbar and fell in front of Wallace for the one-timer goal.
Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) finished with nine saves to preserve his third shutout of the tournament.
NOTES: Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... The U.S. outshot Korea, 21-9, went 1-for-4 on the power play and finished 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. For complete statistics, click here ... This is the 12th straight major international tournament — and fifth straight world championship — in which the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will be competing in the championship game. A victory will give Team USA its seventh straight major international title ... 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|
USA VS. KOREA
This is just the third world championship meeting between the United States and Korea. The U.S. has claimed both previous meetings, outscoring Korea, 7-2. All-time, the teams have met on 13 occasions, with the U.S. staking a perfect 13-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record. The most recent meeting occured in the semifinals of the 2016 (Dec.) World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, where Team USA won by an 8-1 count.
GOLD-MEDAL GAME BERTH
With a 6-0 victory over Norway that was followed by Korea falling to Italy, 3-2, in an overtime shootout, the United States is guaranteed a place in tomorrow's gold-medal game and has a chance to claim back-to-back gold medals in the event for the second time. It previously accomplished the feat in 2009 and 2012 backstopped by goaltender Steve Cash.
TITLE GAME REGULARS
This is the 12th straight major international tournament -- and fifth straight world championship -- in which the United States will be competing in the championship game. In that span, Team USA has claimed nine titles, including the 2016 (Dec.) World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; the 2016 IPC Pan-Pacific Championship in Buffalo, New York; the 2016 (Jan.) World Sled Hockey Challenge in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia; the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, New York; the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alberta; the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia; the 2012 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Hamar, Norway; the 2012 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alberta and the 2011 (Nov.) World Sled Hockey Challenge that also took place in Calgary. The U.S. finished as runner-ups to Canada in the 2013 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Goyang City, South Korea, and the 2013 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Toronto, Ontario.
TEAM USA IN THE TOURNAMENT
Team USA ranks first in power play (25%) and save percentage (0.935) while sitting second in goals scored (33) and penalty kill (91.67%). Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) is first in goals (11) and tied for first in points (15) while Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) is second in assists (8) and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) ranks fifth with six. Among starting goaltenders, Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) is second in both goals against average (0.60) and save percentage (.916) while backup goaltender BovReichenbach (Billings, Mont.) has a perfect 1.00 save percentage and 0.00 goals against average.
GAME #5, APRIL 18: USA 5, NORWAY 0
Declan Farmer and Brody Roybal each scored three goals as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team shut out Norway, 6-0. Tyler Carron (Fort Collins, Colo.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
“Coming into a game when you had a big win the night before is tough to fight through, but our guys did,” said Guy Gosselin, head coach of Team USA.