The U.S. National Sled Team earned its second consecutive shut out in the preliminary round of play at 2015 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships with a 7-0 victory over Italy this afternoon as the HARBORCENTER. In Team USA's final contest of the preliminary round 11 different players contributed at least one point to the final score, including Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) and Chris Douglas (Saint Cloud, Fla.) each tallying three assists.
"Today's effort was a confidence builder for us," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the 2015 U.S. National Sled Team. "We're moving the puck well and scoring goals, which is a real positive as we head into the semifinals on Friday.
Nikkos Landeros of Team USA handles the puck against Team Italy.
"In the opening period, Team USA controlled the play, outshootinh Italy 14-0. With less than two minutes to play in the period, Roybal fed Declan Farmer (Tampla, FL), who has stationed right in front of the Italy net, and Farmer rifled a power-power marker top-shelf for the 1-0 lead.
The U.S. continued to control play in the second period and 2:47 into the frame, Josh Pauls(Green Brook, N.J.) fired the puck past Italy goaltender Santino Stillitano to give Team USA the 2-0 lead. Farmer collected his second goal of the night just 1:13 later for the third U.S. goal of the game and final marker of the middle period.