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Five For Friday: Sled Hockey

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 22, 2016, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Steve Cash (C) celebrates after the U.S. wins the sled hockey gold-medal game against Russia at the Shayba Arena during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.


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The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will go after another international gold medal Saturday at the 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge at Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

Team USA will face host Canada, which knocked off the United States 3-2 in overtime in a preliminary round game Wednesday.

Team USA is looking to continue its international success that has included winning gold medals at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and also the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge and 2015 world championship.

The national team advanced to the title game by defeating Russia 2-1 in the semifinals on Thursday. Brody Roybal scored the game-winning goal as Team USA defeated Russia for the second time in the tournament. Canada blasted Korea 10-0 in the other semifinal.

"A wins a win," said U.S. coach Jeff Sauer after Thursday's victory. "From a coach's perspective, we struggled to find our style of play today. We're glad to be playing in the championship game on Saturday; that's what we came here for."

Team USA won its first two games in preliminary round play by a combined score of 14-3 over Korea and Russia.

Leading Team USA is captain Josh Sweeney and leading scorer Declan Farmer, who scored once in Thursday's win over Russian and assisted Roybal on the winning goal. All three won gold medals in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Webcast: 4 p.m. ET Saturday, fasthockey.com

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.