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Gameday: U.S Faces Host Korea To Close Prelims at 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

03/12/2018, 8:30am EDT
By USAHockey.com

Puck drop set for 11 p.m. ET live on NBCOlympics.com

The 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team closes preliminary round play at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games today when it takes on host South Korea in its third tournament game. Puck drop is set for 12 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET, March 12) at Gangneung Hockey Center and will be broadcast live on NBCSN as well as live streamed on NBCOlympics.com.

THINGS WORTH MENTIONING
With three goals yesterday, Brody Roybal set new U.S. records for most points and goals in a single season with 38 points and 22 goals, which both bested teammate Declan Farmer’s records of 35 points and 20 goals from the 2016-17 campaign ... Behind a pair of assists, Josh Misiewicz has extended his U.S. single-season record for most assists to 19  ... Every U.S. player making their Paralympic sled hockey debut has registered a point thus far, including Ralph DeQuebec (0-2--2), Travis Dodson (2-0--2), Noah Grove (1-0--1), Billy Hanning (0-1--1), Josh Misiewicz (0-5--5), Luke McDermott (1-0--1) and Jack Wallace (2-2--4)... The 17-player roster was unveiled on Jan. 1, 2018 at the 2018 NHL Winter Classic ... Team USA claimed two international titles this season, including the 2017 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, P.E.I. last December and the 2018 Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament in January ... Since 2011, the U.S. has reached 11 straight title games in major international events, winning eight tournaments.

THE SERIES VS. KOREA
Between Paralympic and World Championship play, this is the fifth-ever meeting between the two teams. A year ago, the two teams met in preliminary-round play of the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship, where the U.S. skated to a 5-0 win. The game saw Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) score twice and eight other players tallied at least one point. In five meetings, the U.S. is 5-0 and has outscored the Koreans by a 20-2 margin.

GROUP B UPDATE
Entering the final day of preliminary round play in the Paralympics sled hockey event, the United States sits in first place of Group B. Among the four teams, the U.S. has a group-best goal differential of 20 without having allowed a goal.

LAST GAME: USA 10, CZE 0
Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored four goals and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) added three goals for the second straight game to help the United States shut out the Czech Republic, 10-0. In his first start of the 2018 Paralympics, Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) turned aside 13 shots for his eighth Paralympic shutout.

 

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Date Opponent/Round Result Venue
Sun., March 11 Japan
Preliminary
W, 10-0 Gangneung Hockey Centre
Mon., March 12 Czech Republic
Preliminary
W, 10-0 Gangneung Hockey Centre
Tues., March 13 Korea
Preliminary
W, 8-0 Gangneung Hockey Centre
Thurs., March 15 Italy
Semifinals
W, 10-1 Gangneung Hockey Centre
Sun., March 18 Canada
Gold-Medal Game
W, 2-1 (OT) Gangneung Hockey Centre

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