SOCHI, Russia – Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) scored and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) turned away eight shots, but the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team fell to Russia, 2-1, in its final preliminary-round game of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena.
Team USA will play Canada in the Paralympic semifinals Thursday (March 13) at noon ET. NBC Sports Network will televise the game live.
Despite the U.S. holding an 11-4 edge in shots on goal in the opening period, Russia scored first at 11:57 on a five-on-three power play. Russia expanded its lead to 2-0 when a rebound hit a U.S. player in front and bounced into the net at 2:37 of the second stanza.
Page pulled Team USA to within a goal at 4:50 of the third period when he batted a rebound over Russian goaltender Vladimir Kamantcev from the edge of the crease. After the United States won a faceoff, Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) weaved his way into the offensive zone and through the left circle. Once there, he fired a shot that Kamantcev knocked up the middle and right to Page to flip over his glove. Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa) collected the second assist on the play.
The United States appeared to tie the score when Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) unloaded a shot from the high slot, but the tally was waived off when the official ruled a U.S. player had interfered with Kamantcev.
Team USA finished the game with a 23-10 advantage in shots on goal, including a 7-2 edge in the third period.
The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team completed the preliminary round in second place of Group B with a 2-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.
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!