Nov 11, 2010---U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Falls to Canada, 2-0, at Three Nation Sled Hockey Exhibition Series


From USA Hockey website:

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. goalie Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made 23 saves, but the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team dropped a 2-0 decision to Canada here this afternoon at the Three Nation Sled Hockey Exhibition Series.

"We simply struggled to get pucks to the front of the net," said Ray Maluta, head coach of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "We have one more game tomorrow afternoon to work on our offense and creating scoring chances."

Both Team USA and Canada played evenly throughout the first period, but it was the visitors who struck first. Greg Westlake converted on a partial breakaway with less than a minute remaining in the opening frame to give Canada a 1-0 lead.

After a scoreless second period, Canada put the game out of reach 15 minutes into the third with a power-play tally by Westlake.

Team USA will be back in action against Japan tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. EST in its final exhibition game of the series.

NOTES: Team USA went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Canada was 1-for-2 with the man advantage ... In four exhibition games against Canada this season, Team USA has posted a 0-1-2-1 record ... For stats and standings from the Three Nation Sled Hockey Exhibition Series, click here... The U.S. has won the last four International Paralympic Committee-sanctioned tournaments dating back to the 2009 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic ... For a complete 2010-11 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here.

Scoring By Period

CAN 1 - 0 - 1 - 2
USA 0 - 0 - 0 - 0



First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Westlake (unassisted), 19:21. Penalties: CAN, Bridges (roughing), 8:46.

Second Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Salamone (holding), 1:53.

Third Period - Scoring: 2, CAN, Westlake (Bridges, Dorion), 14:42. Penalties: CAN, Rempel (roughing), 5:26; USA, Page (goalie interference), 13:42.

Shots by Period
CAN 8 12 5 25
USA 6 0 2 8
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
CAN, Watson 60:00
2-2 8-8
USA, Cash 60:00 8-7 12-12 5-4 25-23







Power Play: CAN 0-1; USA 0-1
Penalties: CAN 1-2; USA 1-2

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