The United States sled hockey team won the game that mattered against Canada. As a result, Team USA is the champion of the first Pan Pacific Championships.
The Americans beat Canada, 4-1, in the title game on Saturday at HarborCenter in the gold-medal game. Team Canada had taken the first game between the teams during the round-robin portion of the competition, 2-1.
Declan Farmer of the United States broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the second period, as the Americans never trailed in the game. It was Farmer’s 12th goal of the season, setting a team record.
Chris Douglas made it 2-0 with a score late in the second period. Farmer struck again shortly after that to make it 3-0 after two periods.
Tyler McGregor got Canada on the scoreboard in the third period. However, Kevin McKee got an empty-net goal in the final 90 seconds to wrap up the victory. Steve Cash picked up the win in goal.
Farmer was named the tournament’s top forward. Josh Pauls of the USA was selected as the best defenseman, while Canada’s Corbin Watson was picked as the outstanding goaltender.
The United States team apparently enjoys the home-ice advantage offered at HarborCenter. Team USA beat Canada there last year for the title of the world championships in that same location.
In the first game of the day, Korea earned the bronze medal with a 3-2 win over Team Pan Pacific.
The Koreans jumped to a 3-0 lead, but had to hang on in the final minutes.