Russia overcame the USA 2-1 in a pulsating final match of the sledge hockey group stage.
Ilya Volkov excelled for Russia, scoring after 12 minutes, while Konstantin Shikhov scored the team’s second 6 minutes later. The American team gave their all and responded with a goal after 35 minutes from Adam Page, but they were unable to change the course of the match and secure victory. Thanks to another win, Sergey Samoylov's team reached the playoffs and topped the group.
Team USA, the reigning Paralympic Games champion, scored 6 points in the group stage and remains in second place. On March 13 at Shayba, the United States and Canada will meet on the ice in their battle to reach the finals.
The deciding game in Group A between Canada and the Czech Republic did not change the balance of power in the tournament standings. Canada managed to score only one goal in the second period, but it was enough for the win. Greg Westlake scored his team’s winning goal.
Sweden and the Czech Republic took 3rd and 4th place in Group B. Classification matches are coming up which they will compete for places 5-8 against Italy and South Korea, who also did not advance to the semifinals after the group stage.