Lancaster’s Adam Page set a U.S. world championship tournament scoring record in Team USA’s 3-0 win over Canada in the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships.
Page produced 11 points in five games, topping the previous U.S. record by a point. He had five goals and six assists. Page, 23, has been on the national team since he was 15. He fed Dan McCoy for Team USA’s second goal after digging the puck off the boards behind the net.
“That’s kind of what I like to do,” Page said. “I like to go in the corners and hit and work hard. I was lucky I was able to grab the puck in the corner and my teammates was out in front for the pass.”
Top Players: Canada’s Corbin Watson was named top goalie of the tournament. Team USA’s Josh Pauls won top defenseman. Russia’s Dmitrii Lisov won top forward.
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. 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.
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.”
Sochi boost: The world’s sporting spotlight was on Russia in 2014 when the Black Sea coastal city Sochi hosted both the Winter Olympics and the Paralympic Winter Games. Russian coach Sergey Samoylov said the Games were a big boost to sledge hockey in his country.
“It was a main boost to development of ice sledge hockey in the world, not just Russia,” Samoylov said. “We have more players, and more interest from the government in Russia. I have met President Putin twice. … The president of the Paralympic committee in Russia has a great interest in the sport.”
HarborCenter reviews: Buffalo got a thumbs-up as host of the event from Dan Brennan, director of sled and inline teams for USA Hockey.
“It’s been fantastic, from the employees who’ve put the ice in fantastic shape to the great locker rooms we have, I know all the teams have really enjoyed the building,” Brennan said. “The lighting in here is incredible and the volunteers have done a first-class job.”
HarborCenter was host for the Under 18 Women’s World Championships in February. Brennan said he could see it hosting future international events.
“They’ve already proven that with the women’s under-18 here, which went really well,” he said. “I’d like to see the world juniors come back here. This building certainly could host a game like Slovakia vs. Finland, a game where you have less crowd demand. This building will complement the First Niagara Center. It’s a beautiful place. I think they’ve really hit a home run here.”
Buffalo was host for the 2011 Under 20 World Championships.