Brody Roybal celebrates after scoring in the sled hockey finals against Team Canada at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on March 13, 2022 in Beijing.
BEIJING — Team USA completed another chapter in the sled hockey history book Sunday at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, winning a record-extending fourth consecutive and fifth overall Paralympic title with a 5-0 victory over Canada.
The U.S. leaves the National Indoor Stadium as the only undefeated team at the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, having outscored its opponents 30-1. Its five goals in the final were the most by a team in a gold-medal game. The previous largest margin of victory by any team in a gold-medal game was Canada’s 3-0 win over Norway in 2006.
The dynamic duo of Declan Farmer, 24, and Brody Roybal, 23, each recorded two goals and an assist in the final, finishing the tournament with a combined 30 points. Farmer finished with a tournament-leading 18 points. During the event, he became the all-time U.S. leader for Paralympic points and assists. He already held the mark for most goals. Roybal had a tournament-leading eight goals.
“We don’t get here without having such a great group of guys to train and play with. We were made from each other,” Farmer said. “We’re not here without our coaching staff emphasizing that competitive drive to every practice, and that’s what we brought today.”
Jen Lee had 16 saves for his third shutout in his first Paralympics as the starting goaltender. He did not allow a goal in any of his four starts, turning back all 33 shots he faced.
“I’m going to soak it in and then go to Disney World,” Lee said of how he was going to celebrate.
The turning point in the game came late in the first period — with the U.S. trying to kill off a penalty.