The US Men’s Paralympic hockey team took down Canada in their prelim opener last night with a solid 5-0 victory.
Declan Farmer, a 24-year-old forward from Tampa, Florida, had an absolutely incredible night. He finished with a goal and 3 assists along with being awarded Player of the Game. He has played an important role in the US’s last two gold-medal wins at the Paralympics in 2014 and 2018. It makes complete sense that he didn’t waste a second getting back to that level in the 2022 prelim opener. Not to mention that with his 4 points in this game, he became Team USA’s all-time point leader at the Paralympics!
The US also had goals from their captain Josh Pauls, Brody Roybal, Malik Jones, and Josh Misiewicz. Pauls’s and Roybal’s goals came in the first, Jones and Misiewics scored in the second, and Farmer’s goal came in the 3rd. As NBC has an absolute chokehold on their Olympic and Paralympic coverage, I cannot find clips from every goal on Twitter but you can watch the highlights here.
Jen Lee, our 35-year-old goalie from San Francisco, had a phenomenal night between the pipes. He posted a shutout, stopping all 9 of Canada’s shots on net, really boosting the offense’s confidence to go out there and take chances.
What an incredible start for this team as they fight for their 3rd straight Gold medal against the best of the best from around the globe. They play again tonight against South Korea at 12:05PM ET and the game will be on USA Network. The US and South Korea have played one another 3 times at the Paralympics and the US has won all 3, outscoring them 16-0 as well. There’s also going to be a handful of records broken tonight as well. One of which by Captain Josh Pauls, who will take the lead on Paralympic appearances by a US player. It’s gonna be a great game so make sure you tune in and support this team. USA! USA!
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