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Josh Sweeney's second period goal was the difference maker on Saturday (15 March), as the USA repeated as Paralympic champions in ice sledge hockey after a 1-0 gold medal victory over Russia at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. With the win, the USA become the first-ever nation to win back-to-back Paralympic gold medals. "We have worked hard all year and this is a great group of guys. We're pretty excited and so we should be," USA captain Andy Yohe said. After a fast-paced first period that saw lots of great chances at both ends of the ice, the teams were scoreless after 15 minutes. The fast-paced game would continue in the second period with the USA dominating the flow of play. Finally, almost 10 minutes into the period, Sweeney, playing in his first Paralympic Winter Games, would steal the puck from Russia's Aleksei Lysov at the hashmarks and beat goaltender Vladimir Kamantcev. That would be all the offence the USA needed to repeat their success from Vancouver 2010 and win their third gold medal in four Games. With one goal, Sweeney turned from a war hero to a Paralympic hero. In 2009, Sweeny stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan as a member of the US Marine Corps, losing both of his legs. In 2014, he led a Paralympic gold-medal winning team as an assistant captain. "I saw the defender, and he had the puck and I just went after him and I got the puck from him and took it down and did a little fake because that's what you want to do when you're going up against a goalie that good and just put it in the net," Sweeney said of his goal. "It wasn't anything that any of my other teammates couldn't have done, I just did it." For Russia, the loss came after a rise in the sport over the last five years when the team first began training for their Paralympic debut. Since then, they have become the second best team in the world. "I'm not disappointed at all," Kamantcev said. "We played well. It's a dignified finish for Russia and for ourselves. We showed a good game, a battle, intellect, will and character." USA goaltender Steve Cash was brilliant when needed once again in net for his team, making six saves for the shutout, his second straight and third in the tournament. Cash finished Sochi 2014 as the top goaltender, with a 4-1 record 0.41 goals against average and 95.56 save percentage. His counterpart in the game, Kamantcev finished the tournament as Russia's No. 1 goaltender and was a standout performer in net. In the gold medal game he made three saves on four shots but finished the tournament behind Cash with a 95.24 save percentage.
The Game finished USA 1 - 2 RUS To see the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games schedule, results, medals table and details of where to watch on TV, please visit http://www.paralympic.org For details on Paralympic classification, please visit: http://www.paralympic.org/classification
Hot favourites Canada took on the Gold medal holders USA in this semi - final. Declan Farmer grabbed 2 goals - his second is surely a contender for goal of the tournament - and the USA went on to win 3 - 0. To see the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games schedule, results, medals table and details of where to watch on TV, please visit http://www.paralympic.org. For details on Paralympic classification, please visit: http://www.paralympic.org/classification
Gold: Zheng Tao (China) Silver: Jia Hongguang (China) Bronze: Sebastian Iwanov (Germany) Start list: Iaroslav Semenenko (Ukraine) Matthew Haanappel (Australia) Swen Michaelis (Germany) Jawad Kadhim Joudah Joudah (Iraq) Aaron Rhind (Australia) Men's swimming 100m Backstroke S6 Final from the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality. For further information, please visit http://www.paralympic.org. To watch live action and videos on demand of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and subscribe to ParalympicSport.TV, please go to www.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV. Also, you may follow the Paralympic Movement on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ParalympicGames or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/paralympic.
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Watch out for some hilarious, yet remarkable commentary from todays Para Ice Hockey! USA, Canada and Korea all retain their unbeaten starts in what was another eventful day