Team USA’s victory over Germany Tuesday night in the preliminary round of the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships at HarborCenter had a definite Western New York flavor.
Adam Page of Lancaster scored two goals in the first period, and Paul Schaus of Buffalo had a second period goal as the U.S. rolled to a 7-0 victory at the downtown arena.
And, Schaus had the assist on the first goal by Page. One of Page’s two assists came on Schaus’ goal.
A short-handed tally by Declan Farmer 6:32 into the game got the U.S. out in front. He scored unassisted. A little more than two minutes later, Page cashed in while Ingo Kuhli-Lauenstein of the Germans was serving a minor for teeing. Schaus assisted. Joshua Pauls added another power-play tally at 12:03 before Page got his second of the game at 12:14.
Team USA led, 4-0, after the first period. Schaus scored a power-play goal and Samuel Mumper and Brody Roybal added goals in the second period. There was no scoring in the third period.
Kyle Huckaby and Steve Cash combined for five saves in goal for the Americans. Cash played the first 15 minutes to pick up the win. Huckaby was in the nets for 30 minutes.
It was the second straight victory for Team USA in Group B preliminary play. The U.S. will face Italy (1-1) in its third and final preliminary round game at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. No games are scheduled Tuesday.
It was the second straight loss for Germany, which lost to Italy, 1-0, in its opener on Sunday.
Italy fell to 1-1 with a 3-0 loss to Russia (1-1) on Monday. Vasilii Varlakov, Sergei Panfilov and Aleksei Lysov scored for Russia (1-1).
Monday afternoon’s games were highlighted by another impressive showing by Canada in a 5-0 win over Norway.
Thirty-two-year-old Billy Bridges, who’s played on Canada’s national team since he was 14, scored twice in the victory.
In the first game Monday, Michael Geier scored both goals for the Czech Republic (1-1) in a 2-1 win over Japan. Masaharu Kumagai scored late on the power play for Japan (0-2).