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Sochi Paralympics for Day 4 Print E-mail
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USA Gets Good Results In Bad Weather

Written by Brian Rank

SOCHI, Russia – In a day fraught with harsh weather on the slopes and penalties on the sled hockey ice, team USA still managed to keep its future at the games alive. Wheelchair curling came back with a win to keep their medal hopes alive, Alpine and nordic skiing athletes stayed in the top ten and sled hockey put up a tough fight, despite a losing the game, and still will vie for a medal in the playoffs.

Below are recaps from the day’s events.

Alpine Skiing

The gloomy weather that postponed the SuperG portion of the super combined event could not keep US alpine team members from placing in the top ten. Stephanie Jallen and Danelle Umstead earned third place in the standing slalom event and Allison Jones posted the fifth place time. Laurie Stephens came in fourth in the women’s sitting slalom The SuperG runs will take place on Friday for those who completed the slalom half of the event.

This is another link in a chain of strong runs from the alpine team which earned 6 of the 7 US medals. Jallen entered the run fresh from winning bronze in the SuperG on Monday.  “Yesterday really helped my confidence if anything, because I was completely unsure how this week was going to turn out for me, being my first Games and all,” she said. I’m trying not to put everything that happened yesterday in my head. I just want to make it a clean slate and try to do it again. I’m sitting in a good position right now, and I’m just glad I get the opportunity to race again and complete the combined race.”

Biathlon

US biathletes battled fog and freezing temperatures as they aimed for top positions. Sitskier  Andy Soule placed fifth in the 12.5 kilometer race, the best of the day from team USA. Soule has placed in the top of of all his nordic events this week. “Overall, I think I have had three of the best days of racing ever in these Games,” Soule said. Dan Conossen and Sean Halsted finished 11th and 12th respectively.

Oksana Masters finished eighth in the women’s 12 km, another high finish after winning the silver in the women’s 12 km crosscountry  race.

 

Sled Hockey

In possibly the biggest upset of the Games so far, Russia beat the defending Paralympic champions, team USA, 2-1 in their final preliminary game. The loss, that seemed to come downto penalty calls, still leaves team USA with a winning 2-1 record and a guaranteed medal as the playoffs begin Thursday. "I can't criticize my team at all," head coach Jeff Sauer said. "I thought we played as well as we can play. We put a lot of pressure on. I thought we dominated play for the majority of the game and just a couple of bad breaks went against us and that was the difference in the game."

Wheelchair Curling

USA curling kept themselves in medal territory with a 76 win over Finland. The team, now 24 needed to win or else lose a spot in the semifinals on Saturday. The win means they are in a threeway tie for seventh place "It's a big boost for us. We knew we had to win and have to win the rest of them," David Palmer said. " ... We all knew we had the ability to do it. We just had to go out there and prove it. I think we all pretty much executed good today – much better than in our previous games." The nine game round robin ends on Thursday, but if there is a tie, the tiebreaker games will take place on Friday.

About the Author: Brian Rank is a member of the Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Seven Americans Compete in Biathlon Events, Soule Finished Fifth

Written by Eric Gissendanner

SOCHI, Russia – Seven Americans took part in across three biathlon competitions at the Laura Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Center on Tuesday. The men’s 12.5K sitting event saw five competitors, with one skier in the men’s 12.5K standing and one racer in the women’s 10K sitting.

The event consisted of five 2.5K loops, with four shooting sessions. At the shooting station, athletes fire five shots per round. Competitors in the standing and sitting categories use standard air rifles, while those in the visually impaired events use an electronic blind shooting system that allows the athlete to aim at the target according to a sound heard through a headset. During each shooting round, athletes have five shots to hit five targets placed 10 meters (33 feet) away.  In the men’s 12.5K sitting event, Andrew Soule placed fifth among four other United States competitors, clocking in at 37:04. Daniel Cnossen (National Sports Center for the Disabled) came in 11th at 39:01, while Sean Halstead (Rathdrum Ski Club) finished one spot behind in 39:32. Jeremy Wagner (National Center for the Disabled) skied to 16th place in 40:51, while AugustoJose Perez (Central CrossCountry Ski Team) rounded out the competition with a 19th place posting in 48:40. Soule was perfect in his shots, the only American to do so. He gained ground throughout the race, recording a sixth best time after 7.5K before passing Maksym Yarovyi from the Ukraine. Soule was also the highest placing nonRussian athlete. The host nation saw four of competitors take the top four spots.

For the men’s 12.5K standing, Omar Bermejo (Maine Winter Sports Center/Paralympic Sport Club) was the lone American to compete as he finished 17th in 37:22. Bermejo was third off the starting line and finished sandwiched between Poland’s Witold Skupien and Finland’s Juha Harkonen.  In the women’s 10K sitting portion, Oksana Masters (National Sports Center for the Disabled) posted an eighth place finish in 40:22. Masters was the only American woman to compete in all of Tuesday’s events. The 10K event consisted of five 2K loops with four shooting sessions.

All biathlon events enjoy Wednesday and Thursday off before rounding out six final competitions on Friday.

Hometown David Overcomes Trading Goliath

Written by Mike Doyle

SOCHI, Russia – Team USA had been marching right along with decisive wins against Italy (USA 5 ITA 1) and Korea (USA 3 KOR 0) while the host country Russia had started out slower with a tough overtime loss to South Korea and gained some momentum with a solid win against the Italian boys. Attendance for this grudge match between countries was the largest so far with 5,765 ticketed onlookers. US vs. Russia rivalries in the able bodied sport go back to USA Olympic “underdog” victories in 1960 (Squaw Valley CA) and 1980 (Lake Placid NY or “MiricleOnIce”); the latter pitted United Soviet Socialist Republic Red Army players against American college hockey players. Sled rivalries are less historical as the United States has had a national team since the early 1990s and the Russian program had only been seriously established since the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games were awarded to Russia. 2014 Team USA Sled Hockey players have the edge in speed, endurance and puck handling while the Russian squad has 4,000 of the 5,765 attendees squarely in their corner.

There was a nervous tension in the air, but little feeling out process as the US squad dominated play during the first half of the first period; literally skating circles around their Russian counterparts. The Americans had difficulty setting up the power play after #11 Alexey Amosov clutched on to one of the Americans in front of his net at the 6:45 mark. Shot total at that point was USA 9 and Russia 1. Two thirds through the first period Team USA got themselves into penalty trouble when gentleman and team captain #9 Andy Yohe (Bettendorf IA) was somehow accused of “teeing”. To make matters worse 44seconds later #28 Paul Schaus was called for charging when he put a big shoulder into a white sweater defenseman in the attacking corner. The Americans playing two men down, all but killed of the first infraction.  With just 4seconds left in the first minor, the Russian captain Dmitrii Lisov fed a pass to Ivan Kuznetsov at the halfboards. Ivan in turn feathered a pass across the high slot for a picture perfect one-timer which threaded its way into the top left corner; one of the few shots that stellar netminder #34 Steve Cash (Overland MO) couldn’t stop. Shot totals for period one were USA 11 to RUS 4.

The beginning of the second period brought more troubles for the hard working American squad. The Russians scored a second tally after a tough bounce off a USA back checker’s stick or bucket and into his gaping net. Both team incurred a single minor penalty without consequence during the second stanza. The boisterous crowd and the two goal deficit never held down the Americans as they continued to power through the Russian defense without results.  The well decorated American head coach Jeff Sauer never showed any sign of concern as hisplayers were businesslike and hardworking despite the scoring shortfall. You could see concern however on some of the players faces during closeups before puck drops.

After the Russians burned off a minor for hooking, Adam Page #20 (Lancaster NY) halved the US deficit; scoring a nice goal off a rebound with some help from #15 Nikko Landeros (Johnstown CO) and #9 Andy Yohe. Two additional successful scoring chances were “called back” for hand pass and crease violation respectively.  Team USA ends up second in their division behind Russia and will be playing Canada on Thursday. Winner of the USA vs. CAN semifinal match on Thursday will move on to play the winner of the Norway vs. Russia semifinal in the Gold Medal match on Saturday; losers of both semifinal contests vie for third place in the Bronze Medal contest also on Saturday.

US Curling Eyes Medal Contention versus Finland

Written by Matt Gephart

SOCHI, Russia – The US has found itself between a rock and a hard place, or should I say, a stone and a hard place, after defeating Finland by one point Tuesday during the Round Robin Session eight. Coming into the days session, the US Team had found themselves sitting near the bottom of the standings, and needing to win out to keep in the contention for a medal. After losing the hammer for one of the few times here in the Paralympics at Sochi, the US team needed to play it smart and aggressively if they wanted a chance to get to the finals.

Finland started out the session with the hammer but was unable to capitalize as the US Team took a 10 lead without the hammer. Going into the second end, Finland looked to be gathering themselves andplaying stronger than they were with the hammer, scoring one point and tying the session at one. Then the US began to turn on the heat, scoring consecutive ends, including a three point fourth end after the Finland skip left his final shot shy of the house allowing the US to score, putting the board at 5-1 in favor of the Americans.

With a considerable lead, things were looking good for the US Team going into the fifth end although nerves got the best of them, allowing Finland to score four points and tie the session on multiple miscues. All knotted up going into the sixth end, the US Team found themselves with the hammer yet again and within a tight spot all tied at five. This end went down to the wire where USA Skip Patrick McDonald needed a takeout on the final throw to score a point, which he made successfully taking the lead and putting the score at 6-5.

The nail biting went all the way to the final end after the US was able to steal one more point from the Fin's to make the score 7-5 going into the eighth and final end, where the Finland team was only able to score one stone and leave the session in favor of the US Team 76.  This allowed the US to stay in medal contention, going up against Team China in the morning session, and Team Sweden in the evening session on Wednesday.

About the Author: Matt Gephart is a member of the Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The all volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in adaptive sports. Some members of the media team are former Paralympians and wheelchair users/amputees. 

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 18:38
 
Watch the ICE WARRIORS Documentary Print E-mail
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ICE WARRIORS, a new action-packed, one-hour primetime PBS documentary, goes behind the scenes to profile the accomplishments of the elite competitors who make up the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Sled Hockey Team.  Click here to see it: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/medal-quest/ (Also pbs.org/medalquest AND pbs.org/icewarriors) or Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzkQfVIJun2L6lxuCfULVVw31bKs6ENV-

About MEDAL QUEST: ICE WARRIORS Website

For opportunities to learn more about the sled hockey team, to follow and connect with some of the world’s most elite athletes and hear their stories in their own words, and for an up-close, in-depth look at the Winter Paralympic Games, visit ICE WARRIORS at pbs.org/icewarriors.  The website will be continually updated with news coverage of the sled hockey competition and results for all of the Paralympic athletes during the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games being held in Sochi, Russia from March 7-16, 2014.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 22:32
 
Alpine Stays As Medal Leader For USA in Sochi Print E-mail
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Written By Brian Rank
Photos by Michael Clubine

 

SOCHI, Russia – It was a day for alpine skiing which reasserted itself as the wellspring of US medals in the Paralympics, adding two bronze in the super-G. Alpine skiing now has six of the seven US medals this far in the games. In cross-country skiing, Jake Adicoff finished sixth in the 20 kilometer race, while the wheelchair curling team lost twice in matches against Canada and Russia.


The Russian Federation continued its medal lead with 24 total including seven gold. The US has earned seven total, three silver and four bronze.


Below are recaps from the day’s events.    



Alpine Skiing

Stephanie Jallen sped her way to the podium on Monday winning the bronze in the standing super-G with a time of 1:30.14. Teammate Allison Jones finished fourth and Melanie Schwartz took 10th. This was Jallen’s first Winter Paralympics appearance.


"It’s something I only dreamed about. I have never been a bigger believer that dreams come true than right now. I've imagined it for the last nine years of my life, and in my very first run in the Paralympic Games I score a bronze. I can't wait to bring it home,” she said.


Teammate Laurie Stephens earned bronze in the sitting super-G, adding her second medal of the games after her bronze in sitting downhill on Saturday.


“It hasn't really sunk in yet," she said. "I'm pretty excited. I feel like I could have skied better for sure but I am still happy. I'm taking things one day at a time and focusing on one turn at a time."


In the visually impaired super-G, Danelle Umstead and guide Rob Umstead placed fourth.


Alana Nichols  and Stephani Victor both crashed on the mountain and were transported out by helicopter. Nichols was discharged and later tweeted “I am just fine” and that Victor “is also going to be okay.”


Cross-country Skiing

Jake Adicoff and his guide, Reid Pletcher, skied into a heated competition and rising temperatures (highs were in the mid-50s today), managing to place sixth in the 20 km cross-country race with  58:37.4 on the clock. Adicoff raced in the visually impaired category in the longest nordic event of the games.


Kevin Burton placed 10th in the race.


In the men’s 20 km cross-country classic John Oman placed 18th in his first event in the Winter Paralympics.


“Just getting the race under my belt was the biggest thing. It was my first Paralympic race and there is a lot to learn from this race, but I am smiling,” he said.



Wheelchair Curling

Team USA lost twice in the third day of the nine-game round robin. The US lost 7-2 to number-one ranked Canada and then 6-5 to second-ranked Russia. Team USA can not lose another game if it wants a spot in the playoffs on Saturday. The team was 1-4 at the end of the day Monday.


"I think there are going to be a whole lot of teams in that tiebreaker position, and I plan on being in it," Patrick McDonald said. "I'm still not worried. Until someone comes up to me and says 'We didn't make it,' we'll concentrate and keep moving forward."


About the Author: Brian Rank is a member of the Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in adaptive sports.  Some members of the media team are former Paralympians and wheelchair users/amputees. The Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair-bound adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.


PHOTO CAPTION:
Photos by Michael Clubine
John Oman has traded in the cold of his hometown of Hudson, Wis for the slightly warmer Russia as he competes in the Cross-Country 20km at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 14:19
 
US Stays Strong in Sochi on Second Day Print E-mail
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Written By Brian Rank

Photo by Ken King


 

SOCHI, Russia – Team USA came out with another strong performance on day two of the Winter Paralympics. Wheelchair curling garnered their first win of the week against Norway and Oksana Masters won the first medal in 20 years for the women’s Nordic Skiing team with silver in the sitting 12-kilometer cross-country race. The US picked up another silver in men’s alpine skiing from Mark Bathum in the super-G. And US sled hockey added another win to its record with a 3-0 shutout of South Korea.


The Russian Federation continued its medal lead with 17 total including five gold. The US has earned five total, three silver and two bronze.


Below are recaps from the day’s events.    


Cross-country Skiing

It was a historic day for women’s cross-country skiing with Oksana Masters’ silver win in the 12 km race, the first in 20 years from the women’s team. The win was made more outstanding given this was Masters’ second medal in two days at her first Winter Paralympics.


“It’s pretty amazing I am in disbelief. I have been rowing for 10 years and only skiing for less than a year,” Masters said. “I really have to thank my training from rowing because it prepared me well for skiing; I am so happy right now.”


Teammate Tatyana McFadden came in a strong fifth. Andy Soule came in fifth in the 15 km men’s race.


Wheelchair Curling

Team USA earned an 8-5 win over Norway, coming back from two losses on the first day of the nine-game round robin. The win puts them at 1-2 as they ready for the next day of competition with hopes of making it to the semi-finals on Saturday.


Alpine Skiing

Mark Bathum and guide Cade Yamamoto earned silver in the the men’s super-G event, his second after winning the silver in Vancouver 2010. Heath Calhoun finished fourth in men’s sitting class. Jasmin Bambur finished seventh.


Sled Hockey

Another win and its first shutout of the tournament marked team USA’s second day of competition. The 3-0 shutout of South Korea was achieved with two goals from Adam Page and one from Taylor Chace. The win continues the defending champion's road to the gold as they prepare for the next match against 1-1 Russia.



About the Author: Brian Rank is a member of the Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in adaptive sports.  Some members of the media team are former Paralympians and wheelchair users/amputees. The Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair-bound adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

Photo by Ken King
"USA Sled Hockey player, Josh Pauls, checks Korea into the boards to gain the puck.  USA wins 3-0."
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 18:58
 
Sochi Paralympics for Day 1 Print E-mail
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US Debuts Strong On Snow And Ice

Written By Brian Rank                                                                           

SOCHI, Russia – The first day of competition at the Paralympics swung into action with events in Wheelchair Curling, Sled Hockey, Alpine Skiing and Biathlon, the latter two had medal events.

Team USA came out strong on the slopes, earning a silver and two bronze in women’s alpine skiing. In sled hockey, the US dealt Italy a dominating 51 decision, while in wheelchair curling team USA slipped to 02 against Korea. Two fourth place finishes rounded out a solid performance for US sitting biathlon. The Russian Federation lead the day in medals with 12 total including four gold. The US earnedthree total, one silver and two bronze . Below are recaps from today’s events.

Wheelchair Curling

After a promising preseason, team USA finished the first day of a nine game round robin with a disappointing 64 loss to Slovakia in round one and a 95 loss to South Korea in round two. The US is still hopeful for success later in the week for a place in the semifinals on Saturday. "It wasn't a really great day for us," team member Jimmy Joseph said. "I'd rather be 20 instead of 02, but that's the way the stone turns. We're not out of it yet. I've seen teams come back from 04.  Everyone's not going to win every game. We're going to have a great, great rest of the week."

Biathlon

Two US sitskiers earned a solid fourth place finish today. Andy Soule made perfect scores in shooting but was 2.9 seconds shy of Japan’s Kozo Kubo at 21:48:5. Okansa Masters made her Winter Paralympic debut by wowing her teammates as she nearly earned bronze at her first event. She finished just 3.6 seconds short of a place on the podium at 19:43:2 “I am very happy with my race today. This was a really good surprise to start the Games for me,” she said.

Alpine Skiing

Alpine skiers won all of team USA’s three medals on Saturday. Alana Nicols won silver in the women’s sitting race and Laurie Stephens took bronze. Allison Jonze earned bronze in the

women’s standing class and Danielle Umstead also got bronze in the women’s visually impaired competition. The men’s sitting class event saw multiple crashes on the course including Tyler Walker who was transported off the slope by helicopter. He was later listed as in stable condition. Sled Hockey

The US sled hockey team made it clear that they are the team to beat with a 51 routing of Italy Saturday. The defending Paralympic champions dominated throughout the game, allowing Brody  Roybal to score two goals and goaltenders Steve Cash and Jen Lee to make 11 stops overall.  Team USA continues its quest for a consecutive gold against South Korea today at 8:30 am ET.

Other News

Jon Kreamelmeyer, the retired Paralympic Nordic Skiing coach, was inducted into the Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame. He served as coach from 1998 to 2006, helping his athletes win 11

medals.

About the Author: Brian Rank is a member of the Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The all volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in adaptive sports. Some members of the media team are former Paralympians and wheelchair users/amputees.

 

Opening Day Woes for the Wheelchair Curling Team

Written by Matt Gephart

SOCHI, Russia – Day one has come to a close here at the Paralympics center stage for 000Wheelchair Curling. It was not a good day for the US team, dropping two losses in the first

round robin session at the Ice Cube Curling Center.  The team kicked off the event early on Saturday, opening up the competition against Slovakia. After losing the first end by two stones and the second end by one stone, the team began to gain a little traction for the next two ends, scoring one point for each round and drawing the lead down to one. The effort was cut short during the fifth and sixth rounds losing a point each round to the Slovakians, who increased their lead to three.

One final push was made during the seventh round when the US team was able to place two stones and bring the session to 54 in favor of the Slovakians. Going into the final end hopes were high for the US team, coming back from a three stone deficit and feeling the win within grasp. After all was said and done, the Slovakians were able to place one stone to make a final score of 64 in favor of Slovakia.

For the United States’ second session of the day, they were plotted against the Korean Team, who won the silver medal during the last Paralympics in Vancouver in 2010. Coming into this year’s Paralympics the Korean team is ranked sixth in the world, making this quite a duel and a bit more of a challenge for our US team. The expectation for this session versus the Koreans was a giant question mark after they were blanked by Norway during their first session. Norway is said to be the favorite for gold this year, and faces the United States during their third session of the round robin. Korea came out on all cylinders placing three stones in the first end but none in the second end where the US was only able to make up one point on the scoreboard. The third end went to Korea, again placing three stones putting them ahead of the US team by five points. Now it was the US Teams end to shine, and despite not having the hammer for this end, they were able to place an astounding three stones closest to the button. This brought the score to 64 in favor of the Koreans, but not out of reach for the US Team. Despite having a great fourth end, hammer in hand, the fifth end did not go as planned for the US. Korea was able to place two stones after a mere miss by the US Team trying to split two stones from the center ring, bringing the score to 84.

Again finding themselves trying to fight from behind, the US was able to gain just one stone in the sixth end bringing the score to 85 with two ends left in the session. All eyes were on the US Team as they once again had the hammer for the seventh end. Despite their efforts, they were unable to place any stones inside Korea’s one point bringing the team to concede the eighth end, and surrender another loss to the competition, bringing the current record to 02 for the Paralympics.

About the Author: Matt Gephart is a member of the Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The all volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in adaptive sports. Some members of the media team are former Paralympians and wheelchair users/amputees.

 

Any Jet Lag is Lost as Team USA Defeats Italy in Sled Hockey

Written by Mike Doyle

SOCHI, Russia – The appearance that Team USA had been affected by travel disappeared between the warm-ups and game time. The crowd rallied every time Team Italy moved the puck even close to the red line and became even more raucous any time the Italians controlled play inside the USA end.

The first period started with some quality chances from both teams. Italy continued showing good team defense and USA showed they could fore-check against the structured get-out. First trip to the penalty box was ITA #14 Bruno Balossetti for holding less than 3-minutes into the game. USA dominated during the resulting power play until USA #9 Andy Yohe (Bettendorf IA) also got caught holding an opponent just as the United States power play was expiring. The period continued pitting Team USA speed and fore-checking against the Italian methodical defense. Persistence paid dividends for USA at the 13:45 mark when newcomer #6 Declan Farmer (Tampa FL) scored with a little help from #19 Taylor Chase (Hampton Falls NH) passing from the point to #15 Nikko Landeros (Johnstown CO), who performed a “spin-o-ramma” pass to the aforementioned Farmer who shoveled it in from the low slot. First period statistics included one minor penalty for Team USA three for ITA; shots on goal were six for the former and five for the latter.

Period two started with USA #15 trying to leave the ice early; Landeros was checked into the USA bench door which was not properly closed. A dangerous situation without any serious consequences.  At the 16:32 mark (1-minute, 32-seconds into the second stanza) Italy was caught with too many men on the ice – six men (and six legs) out on the ice. They were able to weather the storm and burned off the penalty by icing the puck several times. Team USA #23 Rico Roman (Portland OR) was sent to the “sin bin” exactly two minutes after the Team Italy penalty expired. By this time Italy was looking a little spent and Team USA was able to control play, albeit a man down. Exactly four minutes after the Roman penalty expired Team USA uncorked a second goal. Tally was credited to the other newcomer, Brody Roybal (Northlake IL) and assisted by Farmer. Italy finished the second period a man down after #69 Giuseppe Condello was called for “teeing”.

Third period start found #19 Chase in the box for “teeing” as he was stopping a breakaway. Back to some five-on-five hockey and Team USA was relieved to get a third period marker just over three minutes in from #13 Josh Sweeney (Phoenix AZ) who had some help from the Italian defenseman. Team

USA put the match out-of-touch for Italy with just under 10-minutes left Roybal netted his second in twoperiods with some help from #27 Josh Pauls (Green Brook NJ) and Landeros. USA called a time out to relieve #34 Steve Cash (Overland, MO) from his perfect 15-shot save performance and give back-up netminder #1 Jen Lee (San Francisco CA) some between-the-pipes time. USA was able to fend off a late Italian assault while killing off #28 Paul Schaus (Buffalo NY) roughing minor at 41:28 (11-minute, 28-seconds into the third period). Just four seconds later ITA completed the assault by beating net minder Lee after a defensive zone breakdown lead to an unassisted goal by #6 Gianluca Calvaliere. With only five-seconds left Schaus was able to regain the four point advantage assisted by Landeros.

About the Author: Mike Doyle is a member of the Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The all volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in adaptive sports. Some members of the media team are former Paralympians and wheelchair users/amputees. 

Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 20:24
 
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