The 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team meets Canada today in the gold-medal game of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. The two teams enter today's game undefeated with matching 4-0 records. Puck drop is set for 12 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET, March 17) at Gangneung Hockey Center and will be broadcast live on NBCSN as well as live streamed on NBCOlympics.com.
THE RIVALRY GOES FOR GOLD
When the puck drops today, it will mark the first time since sled hockey was introduced in the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games that the United States and Canada will face-off in a Paralympic gold-medal game. Combined, the two teams have won the last four gold medals in Paralympic play, with the U.S. capturing three gold medals (2002, 2010, 2014) while Canada has won gold once (2006).
Puck drop at Gangneung Hockey Center is slated for 12 p.m. local time, making it an 11 p.m. ET puck drop on March 17 back in the United States. The contest will be televised live on NBCSN and also streamed live on NBCOlympics.com.
TITLE GAME REGULARS
In Paralympic and World Championship play, this is the eighth consecutive time the U.S. will be playing for a gold medal. In that span, the U.S. is 5-2 while outscoring opponents, 13-6. Four of Team USA's gold-medal wins have come via shutout, all by current U.S. netminder Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.).
|2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship||Gangneung, South Korea||Canada||L, 1-4|
|2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship||Buffalo, New York||Canada||W, 3-0|
|2014 Paralympic Winter Games||Sochi, Russia||Russia||W, 1-0|
|2013 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship||Goyang, South Korea||Canada||L, 0-1|
|2012 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship||Hamar, Norway||Korea||W, 5-1|
|2010 Paralympic Winter Games||Vancouver, British Columbia||Japan||W, 2-0|
|2009 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship||Ostrava, Czech Republic||Norway||W, 1-0|
Including all major international events, the United States is competing in a championship game for the 15th straight time, a span that traces back to the 2011 (April) World Sled Hockey Challenge, where the U.S. finished third. In that span, Team USA has claimed 10 titles, including one Paralympic Winter Games (2014), two IPC Sled Hockey World Championships (2012, 2015), five World Sled Hockey Challenges (2012, 2015, 2016 (Jan.), 2016 (Dec.) and 2017), the 2016 IPC Pan-Pacific Championship and the 2018 Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament. The U.S. finished as runner-ups to Canada in the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship, 2013 IPC Sled World Championship, 2013 World Sled Hockey Challenge and the 2011 (Nov.) World Sled Hockey Challenge.
YOUNGESTER DUO SETTING U.S. RECORDS
In Thursday's 10-1 semifinal win, Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored once and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) tallied twice to each finish the night with 12 goals in their nine-game Paralympic careers to share the U.S. record for most goals by a U.S. player in Paralympic history. With 10 goals in 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, Roybal is one goal shy of tying the U.S. and Paralympic record for most goals in a single Paralympic Winter Games, which was set by Sylvester Flis in 2002. The duo are seeking their second Paralympic gold medals after helping Team USA to a gold medal in 2014.
|Sun., March 11||Japan
|W, 10-0||Gangneung Hockey Centre|
|Mon., March 12||Czech Republic
|W, 10-0||Gangneung Hockey Centre|
|Tues., March 13||Korea
|W, 8-0||Gangneung Hockey Centre|
|Thurs., March 15||Italy
|W, 10-1||Gangneung Hockey Centre|
|Sun., March 18||Canada
|W, 2-1 (OT)||Gangneung Hockey Centre|