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San Diego Ducks Sled Hockey finish fourth at USA Hockey Disabled Festival

11th Annual USA Hockey Disabled Festival. Image credit: Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey‎

Earlier today, San Diego Ducks Sled Hockey  lost their consolidation final match in the Adult Sled Liberty “C” Bracket at the  USA Hockey Disabled Festival  in Buffalo, New York to finish fourth. They lost 0 – 1 to the Space Coast Hurricanes.  The team played from behind for about half the game, with the second period having ended 0 – 1.  The first period ended 0 – 0.   The team now returns home to San Diego.



The 0 – 1 finish was an improvement, as  Space Coast Hurricanes had beat them 0 – 3 in the Ducks last game of round robin play.  Amanda Martori scored 2 and  Kimberly Jansen 1.  All three were empty net even strength goals.  David Bonafede had a 2 minute minor for teeing in that game.



The San Diego squad includes Joe Chavez, David Bonafede and Karina Mendoza. When not on the ice, Chavez serves as the goalkeeper for the United States men’s national 7-a-side football team. The team was founded a few years by Sarah Bettencourt, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who has a rare neurological disorder that forced her into retirement in 2012.  The team practices twice a week, on Thursday at 5:45 PM and Sundays at 4:30 AM, at the UTC mall ice rink on La Jolla Village Dr. in San Diego.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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