U.S. captures sledge hockey gold

BOB MACKIN , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:56 PM ET

VANCOUVER - Alexi Salamone’s first period power play goal stood as the game-winner for the United States who beat Japan 2-0 for the Paralympic sledge hockey gold medal on Saturday.

Joe Howard of Boston and Taylor Lipsett of Rockwall, Texas set-up the goal by Ukraine-born, Buffalo resident Salamone at 4:10 of the first period.

Lipsett was denied on five occasions throughout the game by Japanese goaltender Mitsuru Nagase until a power play with 78 seconds left in the third. Howard had the assist.

Japan’s best chance came on a penalty shot 1:40 into the second period but Cash preserved his shutout by making a glove save on Takayuki Endo.

Nagase saved 14 of 16 shots while Cash stopped all five for the reigning world champions.

Norway won the bronze medal on Friday night with a 2-1 win over host Canada.

Bradley Bowden of Orton, Ont. was voted the tournament’s best player. The all-star team included Cash (U.S.), defencemen Taylor Chace (U.S.) and Adam Dixon of Mississauga, Ont., and forwards Greg Westlake of Mississauga, Salamone (U.S.) and Florian Planker (Italy).

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca


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