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USA break Canadian hearts in sledge hockey final

Canada were less than 40 seconds away from their first Para ice hockey gold since Torino 2006.

Enter USA’s Declan Farmer.

The forward scored to tie the game at 1-1.

And he found the net again 3:30 into overtime to give USA their third consecutive title.

Afterwards, Farmer dedicated the win to Jeff Sauer who coached USA to two world titles and victory at Sochi 2014.

Sauer died of pancreatic cancer in February last year.

USA celebrate epic hat-trick

Canada and USA had dominated the PyeongChang tournament.

World champions Canada went into the final having scored 42 times without conceding in Korea.

Twice-defending Olympic champions USA had 38 goals in the ‘for’ column and just one against.

Canada were the superior team early on and got their reward with 2:54 left in the first period.

Billy Bridges, a survivor from the 2006 gold-medal side, powered a shot through USA goalie Steve Cash.

With Canada’s defence impenetrable through the Games, the odds were against their North American neighbours.

USA removed Cash late on and a minute from time, Canada’s Rob Armstrong had an open net to seal the win.

He hit the post, and USA tried frantically to shuffle the puck to the other end of the ice.

They succeeded and from the subsequent scramble, Farmer fired home.

And in overtime, Farmer cut in from the left and shot high past Dominique Larocque to complete the USA ‘three-peat’.

 

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