Gold-medal full game| Ice sledge hockey | Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
Josh Sweeney's second period goal was the difference maker on Saturday (15 March), as the USA repeated as Paralympic champions in ice sledge hockey after a 1-0 gold medal victory over Russia at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
With the win, the USA become the first-ever nation to win back-to-back Paralympic gold medals.
We have worked hard all year and this is a great group of guys. We're pretty excited and so we should be, USA captain Andy Yohe said.
After a fast-paced first period that saw lots of great chances at both ends of the ice, the teams were scoreless after 15 minutes.
The fast-paced game would continue in the second period with the USA dominating the flow of play. Finally, almost 10 minutes into the period, Sweeney, playing in his first Paralympic Winter Games, would steal the puck from Russia's Aleksei Lysov at the hashmarks and beat goaltender Vladimir Kamantcev.
That would be all the offence the USA needed to repeat their success from Vancouver 2010 and win their third gold medal in four Games.
With one goal, Sweeney turned from a war hero to a Paralympic hero. In 2009, Sweeny stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan as a member of the US Marine Corps, losing both of his legs.
In 2014, he led a Paralympic gold-medal winning team as an assistant captain.
I saw the defender, and he had the puck and I just went after him and I got the puck from him and took it down and did a little fake because that's what you want to do when you're going up against a goalie that good and just put it in the net, Sweeney said of his goal.
It wasn't anything that any of my other teammates couldn't have done, I just did it.
For Russia, the loss came after a rise in the sport over the last five years when the team first began training for their Paralympic debut. Since then, they have become the second best team in the world.
I'm not disappointed at all, Kamantcev said. We played well. It's a dignified finish for Russia and for ourselves. We showed a good game, a battle, intellect, will and character.
USA goaltender Steve Cash was brilliant when needed once again in net for his team, making six saves for the shutout, his second straight and third in the tournament.
Cash finished Sochi 2014 as the top goaltender, with a 4-1 record 0.41 goals against average and 95.56 save percentage.
His counterpart in the game, Kamantcev finished the tournament as Russia's No. 1 goaltender and was a standout performer in net. In the gold medal game he made three saves on four shots but finished the tournament behind Cash with a 95.24 save percentage.
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Canada vs USA | Semi-final Ice Sledge Hockey | Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games
Hot favourites Canada took on the Gold medal holders USA in this semi - final.
Declan Farmer grabbed 2 goals - his second is surely a contender for goal of the tournament - and the USA went on to win 3 - 0.
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USA v Russia full game| Ice sledge hockey | Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
The semi-finals are set after a wild day of ice sledge hockey on Tuesday (11 March) at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and will feature two marquee matchups in Canada-USA and Norway-Russia two days from now.
Russia booked their ticket to the semi-finals by defeating the defending Paralympic champions USA, 2-1, in front of a near capacity crowd at Shayba Arena.
The USA applied a ton of pressure throughout the first period, outshooting Russia 11-4, but it was the Russians that left the period with the lead.
After the USA got into some penalty trouble, Ilia Volkov scored his second goal of the Paralympics on the power-play to put Russia up 1-0.
The score also ended American goaltender Steve Cash's shutout streak, which finished at over 313 minute of play.
Russia were able to limit the USA's scoring chances in the second by playing good defensive hockey, and it paid off. Just over two minutes into the middle frame, Konstantin Shikhov got credit for a goal that deflected off a USA defender and into the net and it was 2-0.
Just under five minutes into the third period, Adam Page would bang home his third goal of the tournament and the USA was within one.
Russia, on the strength of their loud fans and solid goaltending by Vladimir Kamantcev, who made 22 saves, held on to secure first place in Group B.
He just made miracles, forward Konstantin Shikhov said of his goaltender.
Despite the win, defenceman Vadim Selyukin was staying humble after the game.
I wouldn't say that we were much stronger than the Americans, they had many moments, Selyukin said. If you take them individually, they're fast. They have a high start speed. They are more experienced.
Another upset on the day came right off the bat when Italy defeated South Korea, 2-1.
South Korea entered the day in need of a win to secure them a spot in the medal rounds, but Italy came out strong.
At the 9:55 mark of the first period, Andrea Marci notched his first goal of the Paralympics, beating South Korea's Man-Gyun Yu.
After a scoreless second period, Seung-Hwan Jung would tie things up at one, scoring unassisted.
Italy would answer right back 47 seconds later with Planker getting his second goal of the tournament and that would be all the offence that the Italians needed for their first win of the Games.
If we play like this it doesn't matter who we play. Of course, we will aim for fifth place, Planker said.
Canada's strong defensive play all tournament long was showcased in the night game, as they defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 to finish in first place in Group A.
After a scoreless first period, Canada's offence turned it on in the second, outshooting the Czechs 8-2. They finally found a break in the opposing team's defence when Billy Bridges connected with captain Greg Westlake in front of the net, who sent a shot top corner on Michal Vapenka.
The Czech Republic would pressure in the third, but some great saves by Canada's starting goaltender Corbin Watson shut the door. Watson ended the game by making seven saves for his second shutout of the tournament.
The Czechs needed a win in order to advance to the medal rounds, but instead will play in Wednesday's (12 March) classification game against the South Koreans.
Norway clinched their spot in the medal rounds with a 2-0 win against Sweden earlier on Day 4.
After a scoreless first period, Magnus Bogle took a loose puck behind the net and wrapped it around and past Swedish goaltender Ulf Nilsson.
The score would remain that way until the 4:35 mark of the third period when Audun Bakke launched a great shot from the hashmarks that went top shelf and extended the lead to 2-0.
Despite a big push by Sweden in the dying minutes, Norway, on the strength of some great defensive plays, held on.
Kristian Buen recorded his first shutout at the Paralympics and now has a tournament save percentage of 90.20.
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USA vs Russia highlights | Ice sledge hockey | Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
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Canada v Sweden full game | Group stage| Ice sledge hockey | Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
The Canadian sledge hockey team laid down a real marker today by thrashing Sweden 10-1. Canadian goals came from Billy Bridges, Ben Delaney, Anthony Gale(2), Dominic Larocque(2), Adam Dixon(2), Graham Murray, Greg Westlake. Per Kasperi scored a consolation goal to make it 7-1, before Gale, Larocque and Dixon all grabbed their second goals of the game to pile on the misery for Sweden. To see the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games schedule, results, medals table and details of where to watch on TV, please visit
Canada v USA | Semi-final full game| Ice sledge hockey | Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
China and Great Britain joined Russia and Canada in qualifying for the semi-finals following the lastl day of round-robin play in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games wheelchair curling competition.
The semi-finals were decided following Thursday's (13 March) final session of round-robin play, the two most significant results being Russia's win against Slovakia and China's victory over Great Britain.
Those results guaranteed the top four teams in the standings were Russia in first position; Canada second; China in third and Great Britain fourth.
As a result, Russia will play Great Britain in the one semi-final, while Canada will play China in the other semi-final on Saturday (15 March).
China, skipped by Haitao Wang, created their own history today as they became the first Chinese team to reach the semi-finals of the Paralympic Winter Games wheelchair curling competition, having only made their debut in the competition this year.
Their game against Great Britain was tight until Great Britain missed two take-out shots in the fourth end to give China skip Haitao Wang the opportunity to draw into an open house to score three points and take a 5-1 lead.
China then stole another point in the fifth end and although Great Britain picked up two points in the sixth and seventh ends, they conceded after seven ends of play with the final score 6-3.
Afterwards, China skip Haitao Wang looked towards the semi-finals. He said: We are much more excited now. Not as nervous, but excited. We were more nervous today than we were yesterday, but we are excited now because we are in the semi-finals.
On reaching the semi-finals, Great Britain skip Aileen Neilson said: It's really exciting. When we started the round-robin, our aim was to get through to the play-offs and we've managed to win enough games to do that, so we are absolutely delighted.
Russia guaranteed China and Great Britain's place in the semi-finals by defeating Slovakia, who were still chasing a semi-final spot of their own, winning 7-4.
On the back of an earlier record win, against Slovakia, Canada lost their final game of the round-robin to Finland, 12-1.
Sweden, meanwhile, finished off their round-robin campaign with a 13-3 win against South Korea, and earlier in the day beat Norway 11-1 and Canada defeated Slovakia 16-0.
The two other morning session games were a lot closer, with only one point splitting the teams.
Great Britain staged a late comeback against USA as they defeated them after an extra end.
Although USA were up 5-1 at the fourth end break, the key turning point for Great Britain came in the seventh end.
USA missed six shots in a row which gave Great Britain skip Aileen Neilson an open draw into the house to score five points and take a 7-6 lead.
After levelling the game in the eighth end with one point, USA skip Patrick McDonald was heavy with his last stone in the extra end which handed Great Britain their 8-7 victory.
South Korea meanwhile played out a tight game against Finland, only drawing level at 5-5 after six ends.
Korea then won the game in the eighth and final end when skip Jong-Pan Kim made a draw through a port to the four foot ring to score two points and win by 7-6.
The semi-finals begin at 9:30 (MSK) on Saturday followed by the medal games which will be played at 15:30 (MSK).
Russia v Korea full game | Group stage | Ice sledge hockey | Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
Day 1 of ice sledge hockey at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games started off with a bang at Shayba Arena on Saturday (8 March) as two games were decided by shoot-outs.
A loud, near capacity crowd was on hand to cheer on their home country Russia, but it did not end the way they wanted it to, as No. 6 South Korea defeated No. 3 Russia, 3-2 in a shoot-out in Group B action.
In the fourth round of the shoot-out, Min-Su Han played the hero, scoring on Russian goaltender Mikhail Ivanov to give South Korea the victory.
I'm proud of (Han), he has always been a good shooter. I had the belief that he could score for us, Ik-Hwan Kim, South Korea's head coach, said.
Every time that Russia touched the puck, the crowd cheered, something that may have rattled the nerves of the home team.
Maybe we were too nervous, maybe somebody's head went round. It's difficult to talk right now. I feel devastated, Russian captain Dmitry Lisov, said.
Vasilii Varlakov and Evgeny Petrov led Russia offensively by each notching a goal and an assist. Han was the big threat offensively all night long for South Korea scoring two goals and helping his team come back from a two-goal deficit.
The other game that went to a shoot-out was between No. 4 Czech Republic and No. 5 Norway.
Veteran defenceman Rolf Pedersen scored in the third round of the shoot-out to lead Norway to an opening day 2-1 victory over Czech Republic in Group A preliminary round action.
Audum Bakke's second period goal got Norway on the board but it would be Michal Geier's goal just 1:17 into the third period would equalise the game.
Overtime would solve nothing before eventually Pedersen got one by Czech Republic's starting goaltender Michal Vapenka in the third round of the shoot-out.
Pedersen said after the game that his team's semi-final hopes rested on that game and it was a relief to notch the winning goal.
I've done a few shoot-outs in my life, Pedersen said. Last time it was in the Vancouver 2010 bronze (medal) game, then I did another trick (shot). This time I had a clear plan that I went 100 per cent for and it was beautiful to see the puck in the net.
The second game of the day featured No. 1 Canada and No. 8 Sweden, and right from the start, Canada dominated, and would end up winning 10-1.
The line of 17-year-old Ben Delaney, Tyler McGregor and Anthony Gale was on fire all afternoon long, combining for seven points.
Both Delaney and defenceman Adam Dixon had big afternoons, both finishing the game with four points including two goals and two assists.
For Delaney, scoring a goal in his Paralympic Winter Games debut and at such a young age was a great feat.
Really exciting, I didn't expect it at all, Delaney said on his goal. I went out wanting to play strong and I just kept hacking at it and it went in eventually,
Forward Per Kasperi scored the lone Sweden goal in the third period, much to the joy of the loud Swedish crowd on hand.
Italy gave USA a run for their money in Group B preliminary round action but the USA offence proved to be too much, defeating Italy 5-1.
Fifteen-year-old sensation Brody Roybal, playing in only his ninth career game, scored two goals to lead his team offensively.
Man, I was so excited, Roybal said after scoring his first goal.
It was an amazing feeling to have my first goal here on the Paralympic stage. But we know it was my linemates who got me the (first) goal. Declan (Farmer) got the puck on net, I was right there for the rebound and buried the puck.
Florian Planker scored the lone Italian goal off a nice tip in front which prompted Italy chants to ring through Shayba Arena.
Steve Cash logged 40-plus minutes of shutout hockey in goal for USA to extend his Paralympic shutout streak to more than 256 minutes.
SLEDGE HOCKEY DRILLS AND SKILLS | SLED SETUP
So, I did the best I could with having a Rev Force 1 sled on hand. There are many other models of sleds available at to help you, and depending on your disability there’s a lot to consider in sled setup. But with these two sleds as an example, here are the main things you should focus on when trying to dial in your sled.
1. Proper length (Knees should generally be bent around 30 degrees (or 150 depending on how you look at it)
2. Proper height (So your knuckles just scrape above the ice surface)
3. Blade positioning, front to back (Finding the balance point of your sled so your nose is off the ice)
4. Bucket angle (Depending on your disability and what’s comfortable for you)
I touch on stick length as well which is really important. Most players have sticks that are too long vs sticks that are too short.
Sticks that are too long means:
1. You’re ending your stride early and/or you’ll be choking up on your sticks a lot (Hands not at the top of the blades)
2. Proper length (Knees should generally be bent around 30 degrees (or 150 depending on how you look at it)
3. You’ll have to put more effort into your shot because of the long leverage point
Sticks that are too short means:
1. You end your stride too soon, not achieving a full stride and making you pick a lot more
2. You’ll have great acceleration but lack a better top speed
3. You’ll probably raise the puck easier and have a harder shot, but lack an overall ability to be more creative and pick corners, shoot from distances farther away, etc… plus it will affect your reach in battling in corners, stick handling, and how much more you can do with passing.
As things progress I’d love to do at least a few more of these videos on sled setup because there’s a lot of players out there that need help with this. If you have a specific question about your setup please leave me a comment and include a photo of you in your sled so I can see what you look like. I’ll do my best to help as many people as I can.
Hope you enjoy!
USA v Korea full game| Ice sledge hockey | Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
Canada got their revenge over Norway at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, defeating them 4-0 on Sunday afternoon (9 March) in ice sledge hockey action at Shayba Arena.
In their first meeting at the Paralympic Games since Norway's upset of Canada in Vancouver 2010's bronze-medal game, Canada came out firing on Norwegian goaltender Kristian Buen.
For the second day in a row, defenceman Adam Dixon and forward Anthony Gale were the story offensively for Canada. Dixon notched his tournament-leading third and fourth goals, while Gale added a pair of assists. Kevin Rempel and Dominic Larocque also contributed with two points.
Rempel, Dixon and Gale are all tied for the tournament lead in scoring with six points.
I think I am playing a similar game as I played in Vancouver and in the past four years, Dixon said on his offensive success. I chip in on offence, I think part of my role on the team is to rush into the zone. I'm getting a little lucky right now and being very successful at that.
Buen ended the game by making some nice saves and finished with 19 in total. Corbin Watson made six saves to record the shutout in net for the Canadians.
With two wins, Canada sit atop the Group A standings, while Norway's loss puts them in third place with two points.
For the second straight game, Czech Republic went all the way to a shoot-out, but this time came out on top, defeating Sweden 2-1 in Group A's other game on Day 2.
In the third round of the shoot-out, forward Zdenek Krupicka beat Swedish goaltender Ulf Nilsson to score the lone goal and win it for the Czechs.
I was confident, we had practiced these many times in training, Krupicka said on his game-winning goal.
I knew exactly where I was going to put the puck. I just waited for the goalie to make his move and put it behind his back.
After a scoreless first two periods, David Palat scored unassisted at 6:12 of the third period to give Czech Republic the 1-0 lead. Just over four minutes later, Sweden would answer with Marcus Holm notching his first Sochi 2014 goal to tie things up.
Michal Vapenka made eight saves for the win while Nilsson made 20 saves in the loss.
The USA improved to 2-0 in tournament play with a 3-0 win over South Korea in Group B. Adam Page had a two-goal game for the Americans to lead the charge offensively.
The Americans started their scoring just 57 seconds into the game with a goal by defenceman Taylor Chace that beat goaltender Man-Gyun Yu.
South Korea generated some good scoring chances throughout the game, including some mad scrambles in front of USA goaltender Steve Cash.
Cash, however, shut the door, and his shutout streak at the Paralympic Winter Games has now exceeded 300 minutes.
In the final game of Day 2 at Shayba Arena, Russia dominated Italy, winning 7-0.
On the strength of a four-goal second period, Russia had their home fans cheering loud all game long.
Andrey Dvinyaninov recorded a hat-trick, scoring twice in a six-minute span in the second period including one that took a funny bounce and beat Italian goaltender Santino Stillitano.
Russia improved to four points in the standings with the win and moved into second place in the Group B standings.
Italy remain pointless in the tournament and are still in search for their first victory.
Monday (10 March) will mark an off-day in ice sledge hockey, but a full schedule will resume on Tuesday (11 March) with the final four preliminary round games.
Gold Medal Game | 2019 World Para Ice Hockey Championships
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BRUTAL ice sledge hockey hits | Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics
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Team Canada playing in the 4 Nations Tournament in Sochi Russia in August 2013. This is a view of what the Olympic venue was like just six months before completion of the venue, and a little behind the scenes of the team.
Italy vs. Sweden | 5th-8th place full game | Ice sledge hockey | Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
Italy have said all along that their goal at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games was to finish in fifth place, and on Friday (13 March) they will have a chance to do so when they face the Czech Republic in ice sledge hockey classification action.
The contest, which is slated for 20:00 (MSK), will be the second of two classification games on Day 7 at Shayba Arena.
Italy are coming off a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over Sweden on Wednesday (11 March), when they launched 34 shots on the net. No matter what the result of Friday's match against the Czech Republic, it will be Italy's highest finish at any Paralympic ice sledge hockey tournament.
Overall I'm happy, defenceman Gianluca Cavaliere said on Italy's Sochi 2014 showing. But obviously there is always room for improvement. We could have done better in the first games.
The Czech Republic defeated South Korea 2-0 in the later classification game on Wednesday when they received a fantastic goaltending performance by Michal Vapenka.
Vapenka made 19 saves to record the shutout and his teammates think that kind of performance is key if they should be successful against Italy.
South Korea will look to pick up a victory against Sweden in the seventh-place game on Friday at 13:00 (MSK).
The South Koreans, who are preparing to host PyeongChang 2018, have not won a game since their Day 1 victory over Russia in a shoot-out but will be looking to finish Sochi 2014 strong.
They will need to produce some offence to do so, having only scored four goals all tournament long.
Min-Su Han has scored two goals while their main offensive threat, Swung-Hwan Jung leads the team with three points.
Sweden are coming off their best game yet, where they had a good mix of offence and great goaltending.
Per Kasperi was the main man for Sweden in Wednesday's game against Italy, scoring twice. He now is tied for second in tournament goal scoring with three goals and has four points which leads his team.
The last time the two teams met was at the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Qualification Tournament when South Korea clipped Sweden 4-2. Jung had a goal and two assists in that game to lead South Korea offensively.
We have to melt this down, Sweden's Per Kasperi said. We will get together and talk and recharge.
SLEDGE HOCKEY DRILLS AND SKILLS | FOREHAND & BACKHAND PASSING
In this video I want you to start thinking about “How can I get better at receiving passes? Especially hard passes…”
If you get hit with a pass often and can’t control or cradle the puck, there’s a good chance you need to spend some time with another player throwing the puck back and forth.
Here are key tips:
- Choke up on the stick
- Make sure you have a firm grip
- Work on developing your reaction time to make a quick decision on whether you receive it on the forehand or backhand
- Make sure you keep your blade flat on the ice as much as possible
- Cradle the puck and then give it back
I didn’t demonstrate it in this video… but a lot of times a player will receive a hard pass and it bounces off their body or sled somehow. Usually that’s due to not holding the stick firmly enough.
Practicing how firm you hold your stick, becoming familiar with the feel, and developing your reaction time on how/where you should receive the pass is probably the biggest three takeaways from this video.
Practice! Practice! Practice!
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