In the second semifinal match of the ice sledge hockey tournament, the United States defeated Canada 3-0 and advances to the finals, where they will play Russia in the battle for the gold medal.
The American team, Paralympic Games 2010 champions, made it clear to their rivals within the first minutes of the game that the fight would be intense. Skillful attacks distinguished Joshua Pauls and Declan Famer. Within 10 minutes Pauls passed the puck with precision and Farmer scored the first goal against Canada, and 5 minutes later with an assist from 16-year-old Taylor Chace, Farmer scored the second goal. In the second period, Famer made an assist in which Paul scored on the Canadian defense and brought his team the third goal, leaving their opponent no chance of victory.
Thus, on Saturday the United States will meet Russia in the final of the ice sledge hockey tournament. In the battle for gold, head coach Jeffrey Sauer will attempt to defend his team’s title, and the Russian team, debuting at the Paralympic Games, have already secured their place on the podium and for the first time will play in the final match. On the same day, Canada and Norway will play each other for the bronze medal.