The United States sled hockey team will get one more chance at beating Canada at the Pan Pacific Championships. This time, the teams will be playing for the championship.
Both teams won games on Friday to advance to the top game in the medal round.
Team USA finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with an 8-0 win over Korea. Adam Page (Lancaster) had two goals for the Americans, while Nikko Landeros, Luke McDermott, Declan Farmer, Brody Roybal, Paul Schaus (Buffalo), and Josh Pauls also scored in the one-sided contest.
However, Canada had taken care of its business earlier in the day. The squad downed Team Pan Pacific, 3-0, on Friday afternoon.
The Canadians thus finished the first round with a perfect record at 3-0. Canada’s Greg Westlake finished with six points in the opening round to lead all scorers. The United States wound up at 2-1 to take second.
The tournament wraps up on Saturday. At 1 p.m. at HarborCenter, Korea will go up against Team Pan Pacific. When the teams met earlier in the event, Korea took a 4-1 decision.
Then at 5 p.m., Canada and the United States will play for the gold medal in the first Pan Pacific competition in history. Canada won the initial matchup on Wednesday, as Tyler McGregor scored with less than six minutes left to give his team a 2-1 win.
America does know what it is like to win a title on a Buffalo ice surface. Last year Team USA captured the World Championships A-Pool crown.