U.S. National Sled Hockey Team defeats Korea to win World Championship
HAMAR, Norway - Taylor Lipsett (Richardson, Texas) scored three goals and added an assist to help the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team to a 5-1 victory over Korea in the gold-medal game of the 2012 International Paralympic Committee Sledge Hockey World Championship on Sunday at the Olympic Amphitheatre.
"It's a great feeling to be world champions," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "I'm glad for the guys because they worked really hard throughout the whole tournament. It was a great team effort."
Josh Pauls (South Plainfield, N.J.) opened the scoring for Team USA at 2:57 of the first period when he crashed the net and banged home a rebound. The U.S. outshot Korea, 8-2, in the opening frame and held a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
Lipsett tallied his first goal of the game at 2:54 of the second period when he drove to the net on a sharp angle and beat Korea goaltender Man Gyun Yu. At 5:12, Alexi Salamone (Grand Island, N.Y) found Lipsett streaking down the slot and he banged the puck into the net for his second goal of the game. Salamone tallied a goal of his own at 12:08 with an assist credited to Lipsett to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead heading into the final period.
Korea got on the board at 1:34 of the third period, but Lipsett responded with his third goal of the game 17 seconds later to secure the 5-1 win for Team USA.
Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made seven saves in the victory, while Yu and Young Hoon Chung combined to make 17 saves for Korea.