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Team USA tops Canada, 3-0, for gold at World Sledge Hockey Championships

The United States got third-period goals from Declan Farmer, Dan McCoy and Josh Pauls to defeat Canada, 3-0, and win the gold medal at the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships Sunday at HarborCenter.

Team USA held a 13-3 edge in shots after two periods but could not solve Canada goalie Corbin Watson until the final 15 minutes of play.

Farmer showed his nifty stickhandling in skating in on Watson for a goal with 12:02 left. McCoy scored off an assist from Lancaster’s Adam Page with 7:44 left. Pauls scored into an empty net with 22 seconds left. A sellout crowd of 1,598 was in attendance.

Win streak: The victory was the eighth straight for the U.S. team over Canada. It avenged a 1-0 loss to the Canadians in the final of the 2013 World Championships.

Top two: The game pitted the two dominant teams of the tournament. Team USA outscored foes 29-1 in five games. Canada held a scoring edge of 27-5 in five games.

Russia No. 3: Russia won the bronze medal with a 2-1 overtime victory over Norway. Ilia Volkov, a 29-year-old forward, scored with 3:07 left in the 10-minute, sudden-death extra session. The teams skated four-on-four in overtime. Russia won the bronze at the 2013 world championships and took silver at the Sochi Paralympics in 2014. It was a good showing for the Russians because several key players were injured.

“I think we deserved the win but it could have been less nervous,” said Russian coach Sergey Samoylov, through an interpreter. “We had a lot of opportunities to score earlier.”

Russian hero: The player of the game for Russia was defenseman Vadim Selyukin, a 38-year-old team captain. Selyukin lost both his legs while serving for the Russian Armed Forces in Chechnya in 2002. He first embraced swimming after his injury, then started a sport club for disabled athletes in 2004. Selyukin offered an unsolicited appeal after the game for goodwill among fans.

“We put the Cold War out of our minds,” he said. “They should compete against each other just in sport. It would be really great if countries were only against each other in just sports, not politics.”

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