It was a big night for the hometown heroes in Team USA’s 6-0 rout of Norway Friday night at the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships at HarborCenter.
Lancaster’s Adam Page scored two goals and an assist and Buffalo native Paul Schaus scored a goal for the U.S. team.
The victory earned the United States a berth in Sunday’s gold-medal game against Canada. The game is at 2:30 p.m. at HarborCenter.
Decorated Page: Page, 23, has won two gold medals at Paralympics Games, competing at Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014. This is his fifth World Championship appearance for the United States. His two goals gave him five in four games for the tournament. The first came with just 1.6 seconds left in the second period on a 25-foot wrist shot that snuck just inside the left post. The second came on a power play early in the third period and went over the goalie’s right shoulder.
WNY star: Schaus scored his third goal of the tournament in the first period. The 26-year-old North Tonawanda resident is a Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He scored 2:53 into the second period. He drove to the net and threw the puck at goalie Kjell Hamar, who had a crowd in front of him. The puck caromed off the goalie and into the net.
Speed to burn: The first U.S. goal came thanks to a big effort by Brody Roybal. He took possession deep in the defensive end, showed strength on the puck in fending off a check near the blue line, outraced two Norwegians through the neutral zone and sent a cross-ice pass to Farmer, who was wide open at the top of the right face-off circle. Farmer sent a wrist shot past the goaltender with 6:04 left in the first period.
Cruising: The U.S. team held a 29-7 edge in shots. The U.S. has outscored its opponents, 26-1, in four games.