Team USA Earns Silver At 2017 Sled Worlds
Team USA faced Canada for a silver medal at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colorado) scored, but the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team lost to Canada, 4-1, to finish with a silver medal at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea.
It is the third silver medal in world championship play for Team USA, which finished the tournament with a 6-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.
Declan Farmer (Tampa, Florida) was named the tournament's top forward after totaling 16 points (12-4) in seven games. Team USA, which opened the season by capturing the 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge crown back in December, completes the 2016-17 campaign with a 10-1-0-1 record.
"It's disappointing to fall short of our goal," said Guy Gosselin, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "Give Canada credit, they played a tough game. We just weren't able to find that extra gear tonight."
Brad Bowden gave Canada a 1-0 lead just three minutes later by tucking a wrist shot under the crossbar from the left face-off dot. Canada doubled its lead within a minute when Liam Hickey curled around Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa) and beat Steve Cash (Overland, Missouri) with a low wrist shot from just inside the blue line.
With just over six minutes to play in the second period, Tyler McGregor netted a pair of goals 12 seconds apart to make it 4-0 for Canada.
In the final frame, Landeros scored just six seconds into a five-on-three advantage to make the score 4-1 with 2:58 to play.
Cash finished with 13 saves for the U.S.
NOTES: Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa) was named U.S. Player of the Game … The U.S. was outshot by Canada, 17-13, finished 1-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill … Declan Farmer (Tampa, Florida) was named the tournament’s best forward … Labatt USA is a proud sponsor of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... The 2017 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship doubled as a test event for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and saw the United States, Canada, Korea, Norway and Italy receive automatic qualification for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. ... Among the 17 players representing Team USA, 12 were members of the 2015 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team that won the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship. For the complete 2016-17 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here ... Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colorado), director of inline and sled hockey national teams for USA Hockey, is the general manager of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Head Coach Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wisconsin) is joined behind the bench by assistant coach David Hoff (Bottineau, North Dakota). Additional team staff members include athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Florida), assistant coach Mike Sertich (Duluth, Minnesota), equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Michigan), and team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wisconsin). Cortese, Isaacson, and Uihlein have been staff members for the past four seasons.