SOCHI, Russia – Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) scored twice, Dan McCoy (Cheswick, Pa.) tallied a pair of assists and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) turned away nine shots to help the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team defeat South Korea, 3-0, in its second preliminary-round game of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena.
The victory guarantees Team USA a spot in the medal round. The U.S. can clinch the top seed in Group B against Russia on Tuesday (March 11).
The United States jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Page.
Just 57 seconds into the contest, Chace intercepted a Korea clearing attempt inside the offensive blue line and fired a low shot through traffic from the top of the left circle and under the sled of goaltender Man-Gyun Yu. Then, at 11:51, Page batted a rebound between Yu and the nearside post to double the U.S. lead. After Team USA dumped the puck into the right corner, Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.) knocked a Korean off the puck, allowing Page to swoop in and send a centering pass to McCoy at the edge of the crease. McCoy’s shot was stopped, but Page was there to convert on the rebound try.
Page and McCoy hooked up again late in the middle frame to boost the U.S. lead to three goals. Following a Korean shot that was directed into the corner by Cash, McCoy sent a long pass to Page streaking through the neutral zone. Page wheeled around a Korean defenseman, deked left and slipped the puck under Yu’s sled. Cash recorded the secondary assist on the play.
Neither team found the back of the net in the third period despite good scoring chance both ways.
The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will conclude its preliminary-round schedule against Russia Tuesday (March 11) at 8:30 a.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on TeamUSA.org with a rebroadcast available on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET.
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!