The US Men’s Sled Hockey Team has collected their 4th consecutive Gold medal at the Paralympics.
This team absolutely dominated the Games, no if-and-or-but about it. They smoked Canada 5-0 in their prelim opener on March 5th. Then, they turned around and did the same to South Korea the next day, this time with a 9-1 win. Friday night, they took on China in the first semifinal game and dunked on them 11-0. Finally, last night in the Gold Medal Game against Canada, the US finished things how they started with another 5-0 win over the Canadians to win their 4th consecutive Gold medal.
Declan Farmer really led the offensive boom on this team. He finished up these Games with 7 goals and 11 assists. Farmer also led the entire Paralympics in points by last night’s victory. Brody Roybal was close behind him with 12 points (8G 4A) in 4 games, 3rd overall in points at the Paralympics. These two were a key part in last night’s win, both had 2 goals and an assist by the end of the game. Last night’s 5th goal came from none other than captain Josh Pauls, who completely deserved to get a goal in this game. They also had a lot of help from Jack Wallace, a defenseman who can eat minutes and score on big chances.
And yes, the 30 goals that this team scored throughout the tournament were incredible but those goals don’t happen without Jen Lee having an insane run. Goaltender Jen Lee played in all 4 games this tournament and he stopped every single shot he faced, hosting 3 shutouts. The one goal allowed by the US in the tournament was with the US’s backup goaltender Griffin Lamarre in net during the third period of their game against South Korea.
There was no doubt in my mind that this team was going to come out on top once more. No one was near the same bracket as them. They competed well, battled for one another, and just kept the gas going throughout every second of every game. Congratulations to every single one of these guys, they’re coming home heroes.
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