In yesterday’s opening day of men’s ice hockey at the 2015 Winter Deaflympics at Arena Ugra in Russia, the host nation and Canada both came away winners. Russia defeated Kazakhstan 9 – 0, while Canada ha a much closer game in their 4 – 2 defeat of the United States. Finland has yet to play.
With goal difference, Russia currently leads the tournament, with Canada in second, Finland in third, the United States in fourth and Kazakhstan last. Placement at the end of round robin play will determine who plays in the medal games scheduled for next Sunday.
Russia is scheduled to play their next match on Wednesday when they meet the United States. On the United States side, they are back in action today when they play Finland at 3:00 PM local time, then they are off for scheduled training day, and then they meet Russia on Wednesday. The have 14 skaters and two 2 goalkeeper deep USA side includes Jeffrey Mansfield and Joe Lingle. The Canadian roster includes Steve Devine, Andrew Hughes, Scott Nelson, Code McIntyre, Owen Hunter, Thomas Kyle, Jesse McIntyre, Matthew Sheffield, John Kyle, Jamie Newell, Ryan Howich, Graeme Lauersen and others. The Canadians have a much deeper pool of players in Russia than the Americans.