Indian Trail, N.C. – The U.S. National Sled Team kicked off the inaugural USA Hockey Sled Cup with a 5-0 victory over the U.S. National Developmental Sled Team here today at the Extreme Ice Center.
"I was pleased with our overall play tonight," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team. "It was great to get offense from so many players, but I really liked our defensive effort as well. We have talked about playing consistently each time we get together for a tournament and we did that tonight."
The U.S. National Team struck just 52 seconds after the opening faceoff when Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.) buried a goal-mouth feed from Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.). At 8:33, Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) made it 2-0 following a pass from Joshua Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.).
The U.S. National Team's lead doubled to 4-0 with a pair of second period markers. Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.) tallied at 6:38 and Alexi Salamone (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored with 1:41 to play in the middle stanza.
Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) capped the scoring 44 seconds into the third period with a redirection near the left post.
Goaltenders Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) and Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) shared the shutout for the U.S. National Team. Cash made two stops in the first period, while Lee had three saves in the final two frames. The U.S. National Developmental Team goaltender, Justin Kreger (Waterford, Wis.), had 19 saves.
Tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 24), the U.S. National Team takes on Russia at 6:40 p.m. Prior to the game, NASCAR driver Joey Logano will make a donation to the U.S. National Sled Team and participate in a ceremonial puck drop. Earlier in the day the U.S. National Developmental Team opposes Korea at 4:00 p.m.
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