Earlier today at the 2015 world sledge hockey challenge at the Leduc Recreation Centre in Leduc, Alberta, Canada, the United States pretty much controlled the ice the whole time in their 8 – 1 victory against South Korea.
Kevin McKee opened up scoring the the United States 0:22 in off an even strength assist from Declan Farmer. Brody Roybal scored for the USA at 9:08 in the first period in a power play off an assist from Nikko Landeros. The quarter was largely spent down in front of the South Korean net with the Koreans only managing 1 shot while Team USA had 9. Ju-Seung Lee went to the penalty box for two minutes at 7:48 on a minor for interference.
The second period saw South Korea double their shots to two but still unable to get one in the net. The United States managed to get seven shots off, putting two in the back of the net. This period, the United States would spend more time in the box, with Adam Page getting called for an interference minor at 3:46 and Josh Pauls getting called for a holding minor at 9:31. Roybal would start the USA scoring for the period at 3:17 with an assist from Farmer and McKee. Page scored for United States’s second goal at 6:05 of an assist from Pauls. The United States made a goalkeeper change at the 10:19 mark, taking out Paralympic starter Steve Cash, and bringing on backup goalie Kyle Huckaby.
The third period saw both teams increasing the aggression and paying for it in the box. Sam Mumper got called for checking from behind major and minor at 3:13, then South Korea’s Young-Sung Kim getting a roughing minor at 5:04. Declan Farmer got a interference minor at 10:43, and then Kim was back in the penalty box at 12:48 for a roughing minor. A 15:00, Seung-Hwan Jung got a roughing minor. Pauls started the United States’s four point scoring rush in the third period at the 0:21 mark. Less then a minute later, he got his second goal of the period at 1:13 off an even strength assist from Billy Hanning. South Korea would get their first and only goal of the competition so far on the scoreboard at the 3:52 mark when Ju-Seung Lee scored on a power play off an assist from Young-Jae Cho. The South Koreans would finish the quarter with four shots, more than they had in the previous two periods combined. The scoring rush quieted down for a bit before Farmer scored at the 8:00 mark off an assist by McKee. At 10:43, the South Koreans pulled their keeper from the net but after going down shorthanded because of the power play, they put Man-Gyun Yu back in at 12:48. The United States would score its last goal when Daniel McCoy put the puck in the net on a power play off an assist from Josh Misiewicz at 13:03. The game would end 8 – 1.
The United States roster included Brody Roybal, Billy Hanning, Luke McDermott,Sam Mumper, Tyler Carron,Josh Sweeney, 14 Daniel McCoy, Nikko Landeros, Declan Farmer, Chris Douglas, Kevin McKee, Adam Page, Josh Misiewicz, Josh Pauls, and Paul Schaus. The team’s two goalkeepers include Kyle Huckaby, and Steve Cash.
The South Korean roster included Myong-Ki Moon, Dae-Seok Na, Young-Jae Cho, Young-Sung Kim, Seung-Hwan Jung, Won-Kuk Choi, Dong-Shin Jang, Ju-Seung Lee, Eui-Hyun Shin, Byeong-Seok Cho, Jong-Kyung Lee, Ki-Bum Choi, Jong-Ho Jang, Min-Su Han, and Sang-Hyeon Park. The team’s goalkeepers are Man-Gyun Yu, and Do-Young Shin.
For the South Koreans, the tournament is a warm up for the B-Pool World Championships include Sweden, Slovakia, South Korea, Great Britain, Poland and Finland who qualified yesterday following a playoff qualifier against Austria. Earlier this month, the team was in California training with the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation’s San Diego Ducks. The the Sledge Hockey B World Championships scheduled to get underway from March 15 to 21 in Ostersund, Sweden.