Team USA wins the series with two wins and one loss

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Team USA Sledge Hockey

Canada’s National Sledge Development Team lost to Team USA 5-0 on Sunday

DAVID BRIEN

MONTREAL, Que. – Canada’s National Sledge Development Team failed to score for the second day in a row, falling 5-0 to the United States on Sunday in the third and final game of the series between the North American rivals at the Défi sportif AlterGo.

The Canadians picked up a 4-1 win in Friday’s opener before a 2-0 loss on Saturday evened the series.

With a partisan crowd behind it at the Aréna Howie-Morenz, Canada had its chances early but couldn’t find a way past American goaltender Griffin LaMarre, who recorded back-to-back shutouts.

The U.S. outshot Canada 6-4 in the first period, and made good on two of those chances; Vlad Lundquist picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired it past Canadian netminder Adam Kingsmill (Smithers, B.C.) at 10:26, and Kelsey DiClaudio doubled the lead 58 seconds later.

Kingsmill gave way to Tyson Rietveld (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.) after allowing two goals on five shots, but the 16-year-old returned to the Canadian net for the latter half of the third period.

Canada gave the U.S. three power plays in less than three minutes early in the second period and the Americans converted on the second one when Kyle Zych beat Rietveld under the cross-bar.

Zych netted his second goal of the game – and fourth of the series – to make it 4-0 just past the five-minute mark of the third period, snapping a shot past Rietveld off a face-off win.

Another American power play pushed the lead to 5-0 at 7:35; David Eustace carried the puck into the offensive zone before roofing a quick shot past Rietveld, chasing the Canadian goaltender.

Canada managed only a single shot on goal over the last two periods, and was outshot 19-5 overall.

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