U.S. National Sled Hockey Team wins 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge

By Brian Smith | Dec. 08, 2012, 11 p.m. (ET)

CALGARY, Alberta – Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) turned aside eight shots and earned a shutout as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team clinched the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge tournament title with a 1-0 win over Canada here tonight at the WinSport Canada Ice Complex.

"We came out strong in the first period and had them back on their heels," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team. "Those are the two best teams in the world and it should be a game like that. I thought it was great for our fans."

Team USA outshot Canada 3-0 in the first period, but was unable to find the net.

Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) put the U.S. on the board at 9:10 of the second stanza. After collecting the puck in the corner, Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.) found Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) along the boards. Farmer passed to Chace high in the slot and the captain sent the puck past Benoit St-Amand for the score.

In the final frame, Canada nearly tied the game on a breakaway. Cash made a diving save, but the puck continued toward the net. Farmer came down on the backcheck and saved the puck from going across the goal line to preserve the one-goal lead. The final five minutes saw a U.S. penalty kill and heavy pressure from Canada, but Team USA's defense sealed the tournament title.

Cash had eight saves for Team USA in the victory, while St-Amand turned in an eight-stop performance for Canada.

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