2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge

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2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge
Game #7
January 21, 2016 1:00 pm EST
Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre
Bridgewater, N.S.

Game Story



BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Brody Roybal scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period, allowing the United States to sneak past Russia 2-1 on Thursday in the first semifinal at the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge.

With the win, the U.S. will defend its gold medal against the winner of the Canada-Korea semifinal in Saturday’s final (5 p.m. AT/1 p.m. PT, TSN).

The Americans got the scoring started 4:10 into the first period when Kevin McKee found Declan Farmer, who roofed a shot over Russian netminder Evgenii Plotnikov for his tournament-leading sixth goal in four games.

Despite the U.S. outshooting Russia 8-3 in the first period – and 16-7 through the first two – that would be the only American goal in the opening 30 minutes, thanks in large part to Plotnikov.

The Russians got even at the seven-minute mark of the middle frame; defenceman Vadim Selyukin benefitted from a failed clearing attempt by the Americans, beating goaltender Steve Cash to tie the game.

Neither team generated much offence in the third period – the U.S. held a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal – but Roybal netted the winner at 8:10, taking a pass from Nikko Landeros before blasting a shot under the glove of Plotnikov.

The game was largely played at five-on-five, with the Russians getting two chances on the power play to the Americans’ one; both teams went without a goal with the man advantage.

The Russians will face the loser of the Canada-Korea semifinal for bronze on Saturday (1 p.m. AT).

Previous Games

1 - 4 L vs. KoreaKOR
Jan 23, 2016
3 - 2 W @ CanadaCAN
Jan 23, 2016
1 - 2 L @ United StatesUSA
Jan 21, 2016
2 - 1 W vs. RussiaRUS
Jan 21, 2016
5 - 1 W @ KoreaKOR
Jan 20, 2016
2 - 3 L vs. CanadaCAN
Jan 20, 2016
2016 WSHC: NOR 2 – KOR 1 (Bronze)
Bøgle and Værnes scored and Norway took the bronze medal.
2016 WSHC: USA 5, CAN 2 (Gold)
A five-goal second carried the U.S. to victory in the gold medal game.
2016 WSHC: USA 8 – KOR 1 (Semifinal)
Twelve different players chipped in with points for the U.S.
2016 WSHC: CAN 6 – NOR 0 (Semifinal)
Westlake, Delaney and Sholomicki scored in Canada’s opening win.