Andy Yohe doesn't hide his discontent with the Canadian sled hockey team, a thorn in the side of a talented but underachieving U.S. squad.
"We've been getting beat by Canada, and we're not very happy," he said. "They know we're right behind them. We're going to let it be known we're coming after them."
The road to redemption begins Tuesday at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, where the U.S. will face Japan, Norway and Canada, the reigning Paralympic and world champion.
Twelve Americans return from the 2006 team that won bronze in Turin, Italy, and defensemen Lonnie Hannah, Christopher Manns and Kip St. Germaine are back from the 2002 squad that claimed gold in Salt Lake City.
"We have that experience with the Paralympic Games," said Yohe, a forward. "It's not going to overwhelm us like it did in Turin. We'll be ready for it."
Asked about the prospect of topping Canada, forward Taylor Chace said: "They've got a lot of veteran guys that have been around for a while. They understand the game a little bit better. With hard work, I think we can beat them."
Team USA 2008 World Sledge Hockey Challenge Schedule
November 18-22 - Charlottetown, PEI - MacLauchlan Arena
Watch the games live! Action kicks off on Tuesady, Nov. 18th, with the U.S. taking on Canada at 6:00 p.m. ET.
|Tue., Nov. 18||Canada-United States||6:00 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 19||Japan-United States||3:30 p.m.|
|Thu., Nov. 20||Norway-United States||3:30 p.m.|
|Sat., Nov. 22||Third-Place Game||11:00 a.m.|
|First-Place Game||3:00 p.m.|