Sled Hockey Splits Weekend Series with Canada

Sept. 13, 2009, 10:07 p.m. (ET)

TORONTO, Ont. – Goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) stopped two of three shootout attempts and 13 of 14 shots overall, as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team defeated Canada, 2-1, in a shootout tonight. Team USA split the two-game exhibition series with Canada, the first of several tune-ups leading to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., March 13-20.

“It feels great to get our first win tonight," said Ray Maluta, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "Both games this series were one-goal games, and I expect we'll see a lot of tight games leading up to the Paralympics."

Canada took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a power-play goal by Brad Bowden. Team USA responded midway through the second period, however. Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) held the puck in Canada's zone along the wall and dropped a pass to defenseman Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) at the blue line. Chace flicked a long shot through traffic and over Canada goalie Paul Rosen.

After a scoreless third period and overtime, the two teams went to a shootout. Team USA's Taylor Lipsett (Mesquite, Texas) and Joe Howard (Kingston, Mass.) scored on similar moves, cutting across the crease from left to right before lifting shots over the diving goaltender. Meanwhile, Cash made the game-winning save with his blocker on Canada's third and final attempt.

Watch video of the shootout on the USA Hockey Web site.

NOTES: Canada won the first game of the exhibition series, 4-3, yesterday (Sept. 11) ... The two-game exhibition series between Team USA and Canada was the first international event to be held in the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, the new practice facility of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs …Kip St. Germaine (East Falmouth, Mass.) and Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa) did not participate in the exhibition series ... Full series coverage, including a team roster, photos, features, are available at … The 2010 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, to be selected later this year from the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, will participate in the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., March 13-20.


Scoring By Period

USA 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 2
CAN 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1


First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, 27 (11), 9:48 (pp). Penalties: USA, Connelly (elbowing), 6:18; USA, Page (high-sticking), 9:32.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Chace (Page), 8:17. Penalties: None.

Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: CAN, 28 (holding), 10:33; USA, Torres (roughing), 13:00.

Overtime - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.

Shootout - USA, Lipsett, goal. CAN, Bowden, no goal. USA, Howard, goal. CAN, Bridges, goal. USA, Salamone, no goal. CAN, Dixon, no goal.

Shots by Period
USA 2 4 2 1 9
CAN 5 2 5 2 14
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT Total
USA, Cash 50:00
5-5 2-2 14-13
CAN, Rosen 50:00 2-2 4-3 2-2 1-1 9-8


Power Play: USA 0-1; CAN 1-3
Penalties: USA 3-6; CAN 1-2