Team USA Wins Sixth Straight Para Hockey Cup Title

By Paul D. Bowker | Dec. 07, 2019, 7:13 p.m. (ET)

Members of the U.S. men's sled hockey team celebrate winning the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championships on May 4, 2019 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

 

The U.S. National Sled Team celebrated another dramatic win over rival Canada on Saturday night.

Goals by two-time Paralympian Declan Farmer and Josh Hargis led Team USA to a 2-1 victory and a sixth consecutive Para Hockey Cup championship in Paradise, Newfoundland.

The victory was a tournament-record eighth for the U.S.

The rivalry between the U.S. and Canada has continued to grow over the years. Saturday’s showdown marked the eighth time the two nations have met in the title game of the Para Hockey Cup. An overtime win against Canada in the gold-medal game of the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 gave the U.S. its third consecutive Paralympic title.

Team USA dominated play in the championship game, outshooting Canada 21-7 and scoring on its only power play.

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Farmer, a two-time Paralympic gold medalist, broke a scoreless tie in the second period, and Hargis, who scored his first international goal in last year’s Para Hockey Cup, scored in the third period.

Billy Bridges scored for Canada in the third period, but Team USA and goaltender Steve Cash, a four-time Paralympic medalist, held on for the victory.

Team USA won all five games in the tournament and defeated Canada twice. Four of the victories were shutouts.

The U.S. topped Russia, Czech Republic and Canada by a combined score of 15-1 in three preliminary round games, then shut out Czech Republic 8-0 in the semifinals.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic and Paralympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.