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AbledSports photo from Sochi shows Andy Yohe of the United States and Dmitrii Lisov of Russia as they battle for the puck during the Ice Sledge Hockey Preliminary Round Group B match.
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AbledSports Banner Paralympics Ice Sledge Hockey Summary Saurday March 15 2014.

Day 8 Of Ice Sledge Hockey Competition Medal Matches

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On the penultimate day of competition of the Paralympic Games in Sochi, athletes will compete for seven sets of medals.

At the Shayba Arena, the highly anticipated gold medal match in ice sledge hockey will be held: semifinal match winners will meet in the finals. The United States, defending Paralympic champion in ice sledge hockey, will face Russia, who debuted in the tournament and have shown excellent technique during group matches. The game can’t leave anyone from the audience unimpressed: in the semifinals, both teams showed that giving up isn’t easy.

Several hours before the final match will be the match between Canada and Norway, who trailed their opponents in the play-offs and now seek the bronze medal.

 

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Team Canada won bronze in Sledge Hockey

The Canadian sledge hockey players beat the Norwegians in the match for third place and won the bronze medal of the tournament at the Paralympic Games in Sochi.

In the first period, team Canada began to actively attack the opponent’s goal, but the goalkeeper Kristian Buen deflected all 9 shots from the Canadian forwards. In the second period, he was unable to continue as successfully: at 16 minutes Brad Bowden scored the first goal and scores, and then at 18 and 22 minutes, Billy Bridges scored twice.

The match between Canada and Norway ended with a score of 3-0, and the Canadians won their fourth bronze medal ever at the Paralympic Games.

The gold and silver winners will be determined today at 20:00 at Shayba Arena, where teams Russia and USA will play.

 

United States team wins gold in ice sledge hockey final

The United States defeated Russia in the final of the ice sledge hockey tournament 1-0 and became a three-time Paralympic Games champion.

In the first period of the match, the Americans held a slight advantage. Withstanding the pressure of their opponent, Russia moved the game into the Americans’ zone and spent the end of the period in an attack. The second period proved to be successful for the United States: in 3 minutes Joshua Sweeney managed to get around Russia’s defenders and went one on one with goalkeeper Vladimir Kamantcev, scoring the goal that decided the match’s outcome. Russian players tried to do everything possible, attacking their opponent, but none of the shots turned into goals. As a result, the United States won the final with the minimum advantage and became a three-time Paralympic Games champion, while Russia, who was competing for the first time in a Paralympic sledge hockey tournament, won the silver medal. The bronze medal went to Canada, who defeated Norway 3-0 yesterday in the consolation final.

AbledSports Banner Paralympics Ice Sledge Hockey Summary Friday March 14 2014.

Day 7 Of Ice Sledge Hockey Competition

Sledge hockey continues in the Shayba Arena today.

The national teams that did not qualify for medals in the Olympics will compete against each other in sledge hockey.

Italy and the Czech Republic which both won the classification matches will meet at 8 p.m. in the Shayba Arena to compete for the 5th place of the tournament.

In the afternoon, South Korea and Sweden will face each other for 7th place.

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South Korea proved the stronger team in their Sledge Hockey match against Sweden, beating the Swedes 2-0. Don Shin Chan scored in the 11th minute of the game followed by Sung-Hwan Jung in the 19thminute. South Korea is currently 7th in the final ratings, Sweden is now in last place in the standings.

 

The qualification tournament match for  5th place was won by the Czech Republic. 

 

The first two periods ended in a draw. At the beginning of the third period on the 32nd minute Zdenek Safranek scored the first goal of the match. In two minutes Michal Gayer scored a double and bought his team to victory, 3-0. After the match Czech team now takes 5th place in the standings, the Italian team is in 6th position.

 

AbledSports Banner Paralympics Ice Sledge Hockey Summary Thursday March 13 2014.

Day 6 Of Ice Sledge Hockey Competition Sees Semi-Final Rounds

The sixth day of competitions in Sochi will see three sets of medals awarded.

Ice Sledge Hockey continues in the Shayba Arena today. Russia and Norway will play each other at 1 p.m and Canada will play the USA at 8pm.

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The Russian sledge hockey team triumphed over Norway in the semi-finals, beating them 4-0.

 

The first to score was team captain, Dmitry Lisov in the 6th minute. The Russian successfully scored after receiving a pass from Konstantin Shikhov and making his way around the Norwegian defense and shooting the puck into the top corner. In the 13th minute of the game, Aleksey Amosov scored, followed by Nikolay Terentev who scored in the third period.  He beat the Norwegians’ defense and hit the puck into Kristian Buen’s gates.

 

Norway had a number of successful attempts on goal, but failed to score and Russian goalkeeper, Vladimir Kamantcev, remained steady. Norway brought a sixth player on the ice, but even with this numerical advantage they could not score any goals. At the last minute Evgeny Petrov, sent the puck into the empty net from near the middle of the ice, making it 4:0.

 

On Saturday Russia will battle for the gold medal of the Paralympic Games. Their opponent will be determined today after the second semifinal, Canada versus the United States.

 

In the second semifinal match of the ice sledge hockey tournament, the United States defeated Canada 3-0 and advances to the finals, where they will play Russia in the battle for the gold medal.

The American team, Paralympic Games 2010 champions, made ​​it clear to their rivals within the first minutes of the game that the fight would be intense. Skillful attacks distinguished Joshua Pauls and Declan Famer. Within 10 minutes Pauls passed the puck with precision and Farmer scored the first goal against Canada, and 5 minutes later with an assist from 16-year-old Taylor Chace, Farmer scored the second goal. In the second period, Famer made ​​an assist in which Paul scored on the Canadian defense and brought his team the third goal, leaving their opponent no chance of victory.

Thus, on Saturday the United States will meet Russia in the final of the ice sledge hockey tournament. In the battle for gold, head coach Jeffrey Sauer will attempt to defend his team’s title, and the Russian team, debuting at the Paralympic Games, have already secured their place on the podium and for the first time will play in the final match. On the same day, Canada and Norway will play each other for the bronze medal.

 

AbledSports Banner Paralympics Ice Sledge Hockey Summary Wednesday March 12 2014.

Day 5 Of Ice Sledge Hockey Competition Sees Qualifying Rounds

The fifth day of competitions in Sochi will see nine athletes crowned Paralympic champions.  

At the Shayba Arena in the Coastal Cluster, Ice Sledge Hockey players in 3rd and 4th place will face each other. The qualification matches for Czech Republic-South Korea and Sweden-Italy will determine the winners, who will then compete against each other for 5th and 6th place in the total ranking.

The losing teams will go against each other in a match for the 7th place in the tournament.

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The teams which were ranked 3rd and 4th place in their groups for the group stage met today in the qualifying rounds.

As it stands, the match between Sweden and Italy ended with an Italian victory of 3-2. Goalie Gianluigi Rossa, Gregory Brian Alexis Leperdi, and Gianluca Cavaliere provided the Italian team with the opportunity to continue on and compete for 5th place.

In the game between the Czech Republic and South Korea, Czech player Jiri Berger scored the only goal, and brought his team to victory as a result.

On Friday, March 14th, Italy and the Czech Republic will play for 5th and 6th place in the tournament, and South Korea and Sweden will play each other for 7th and 8th place.

AbledSports Banner Paralympics Ice Sledge Hockey Summary Tuesday March 11 2014.

Final 4 Preliminary Rounds Scheduled

Day four of competitions in Sochi will see twelve Paralympic champions receive medals. 

In the Coastal Cluster, Ice Sledge Hockey matches will resume after yesterday’s break. The preliminary round will see Norway take on Sweden and Canada play the Czech Republic in Group A, and South Korea play Italy and the United States play Russia in Group B.

Russia overcame the USA 2-1 in a pulsating final match of the sledge hockey group stage.

 

Ilya Volkov excelled for Russia, scoring after 12 minutes, while Konstantin Shikhov scored the team’s second 6 minutes later.  The American team gave their all and responded with a goal after 35 minutes from Adam Page, but they were unable to change the course of the match and secure victory. Thanks to another win, Sergey Samoylov’s team reached the playoffs and topped the group.

 

Team USA, the reigning Paralympic Games champion, scored 6 points in the group stage and remains in second place. On March 13 at Shayba, the United States and Canada will meet on the ice in their battle to reach the finals. 

 

The deciding game in Group A between Canada and the Czech Republic did not change the balance of power in the tournament standings. Canada managed to score only one goal in the second period, but it was enough for the win. Greg Westlake scored his team’s winning goal.

 

Sweden and the Czech Republic took 3rd and 4th place in Group B. Classification matches are coming up which they will compete for places 5-8 against Italy and South Korea, who also did not advance to the semifinals after the group stage.

 

AbledSports Banner Sochi Paralympics Ice Sledge-Hockey Summary Sunday March 9, 2014

Day 2 of Ice Sledge Hockey Competition See Victories for Canada, Czech Republic, Russia & USA

On the second day of competition at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, the Shayba Arena will host four rounds of the Ice Sledge Hockey group tournament.

In Group A it’s the Czech Republic versus Sweden and Canada versus Norway; in Group B the United States take on South Korea and Russia plays Italy.

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(ISN) Canada got their revenge over Norway at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, defeating them 4-0 on Sunday afternoon (9 March) in ice sledge hockey action at Shayba Arena.

In their first meeting at the Paralympic Games since Norway’s upset of Canada in Vancouver 2010’s bronze-medal game, Canada came out firing on Norwegian goaltender Kristian Buen.

For the second day in a row, defenceman Adam Dixon and forward Anthony Gale were the story offensively for Canada. Dixon notched his tournament-leading third and fourth goals, while Gale added a pair of assists. Kevin Rempel and Dominic Larocque also contributed with two points.

Rempel, Dixon and Gale are all tied for the tournament lead in scoring with six points.

“I think I am playing a similar game as I played in Vancouver and in the past four years,” Dixon said on his offensive success. “I chip in on offence, I think part of my role on the team is to rush into the zone. I’m getting a little lucky right now and being very successful at that.”

Buen ended the game by making some nice saves and finished with 19 in total. Corbin Watson made six saves to record the shutout in net for the Canadians.

With two wins, Canada sit atop Group A standings, while Norway’s loss puts them in third place with two points.

 

For the second straight game, Czech Republic went all the way to a shoot-out, but this time came out on top, defeating Sweden 2-1 in Group A’s other game on Day 2.

In the third round of the shoot-out, forward Zdenek Krupicka beat Swedish goaltender Ulf Nilsson to score the lone goal and win it for the Czechs.

“I was confident, we had practiced these many times in training,” Krupicka said on his game-winning goal.

“I knew exactly where I was going to put the puck. I just waited for the goalie to make his move and put it behind his back.”

After a scoreless first two periods, David Palat scored unassisted at 6:12 of the third period to give Czech Republic the 1-0 lead. Just over four minutes later, Sweden would answer with Marcus Holm notching his first Sochi 2014 goal to tie things up.

Michal Vapenka made eight saves for the win while Nilsson made 20 saves in the loss.

 

The USA improved to 2-0 in tournament play with a 3-0 win over South Korea in Group B. Adam Page had a two-goal game for the Americans to lead the charge offensively.

The Americans started their scoring just 57 seconds into the game with a goal by defenceman Taylor Chace that beat goaltender Man-Gyun Yu.

South Korea generated some good scoring chances throughout the game, including some mad scrambles in front of USA goaltender Steve Cash.

Cash, however, shut the door, and his shutout streak at the Paralympic Winter Games has now exceeded 300 minutes.

 

In the final game of Day 2 at Shayba Arena, Russia dominated Italy, winning 7-0. On the strength of a four-goal second period, Russia had their home fans cheering loud all game long.

Andrey Dvinyaninov recorded a hat-trick, scoring twice in a six-minute span in the second period including one that took a funny bounce and beat Italian goaltender Santino Stillitano.

Russia improved to four points in the standings with the win and moved into second place in the Group B standings.

Italy remain pointless in the tournament and are still in search for their first victory.

 

Monday (10 March) will mark an off-day in ice sledge hockey, but a full schedule will resume on Tuesday (11 March) with the final four preliminary round games.

AbledSports Banner Sochi Paralympics Ice Sledge-Hockey Summary Saturday March 10, 2014

Russia Takes On South Korea In Opening Sledge Hockey Game

On the first day of competition at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, a total of 12 sets of medals will be awarded. 

In the Shaiba Arena, the first group of sledge hockey matches will be held. The Russian team, bronze medalists in the 2013 World Cup, will meet with the South Korean team in the opening game.

 

About Ice Sledge Hockey

 

Since its debut at the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Games, the Paralympic version of ice hockey has quickly become one of the largest attractions for spectators. It is fast-paced, highly physical and played by male athletes with a physical disability in the lower part of the body. The sport is governed by the IPC with coordination by the IPC Ice Hockey Technical Committee.

It follows the rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) with modifications. Instead of skates, players use double-blade sledges that allow the puck to pass beneath. Players use two sticks, which have a spike-end for pushing and a blade-end for shooting.

 

Competition Description

As in ice hockey, each team attempts to outscore its opponent by shooting the puck across the ice and into the opposing team’s goal while preventing the opposing team from scoring. Six players (including the goalkeeper) from each team are on the ice at one time.

Double-blade sledges that allow the puck to pass underneath replace skates, and the players use sticks with a spike-end and a blade-end. Therefore, with a quick flip of the wrist, the players are able to propel themselves using the spikes and then play the puck using the blade-end of the sticks. A player may use two sticks with blades in order to facilitate stick handling and ambidextrous shooting. Ice sledge hockey games consist of three 15-minute periods.

 

Sport Equipment

Protective Gear: Because of the physical nature of the game, all players are required to wear a helmet with a full cage or mask as well as a protective collar or bib. Players are also encouraged to wear protective padding, including shoulder pads, shin guards, elbow pads and large padded gloves. In addition, the goalkeeper wears leg pads, body pads, a helmet with a visor and a catcher glove to protect the athlete from pucks flying up to 100 km/h.

Puck: Made of vulcanized rubber or other approved material, the puck is 2.54cm thick, with a diameter of 7.62cm and weighs 156 to 170 grams.

Sledge: Made of aluminium or steel, sledges are 0.6m to 1.2m in length with a curved front end and one or two different seating systems. The sledge is set on two blades, which are usually made of tempered steel and are each 3mm thick. The puck must be able to pass underneath the sledge. The height of the main frame must be between 8.5cm to 9.5cm above the ice, and the length of the blade may not be more than one-third of the total length of the sledge. The sledge may be equipped with a backrest, but it must not protrude laterally beyond the armpits when the player is properly seated. Straps secure a player’s feet, ankles, knees and hips to the sledge.

Stick: In ice sledge hockey, players use two sticks with a hooked wooden blade at one end (for puck handling and ambidextrous shooting) and a pick at the other end. Each stick has a maximum length of 1m and is made of wood, plastic or aluminium/titanium. The blade has a maximum length of 25cm, except for the goaltender’s blade, which has a maximum length of 35cm. The pick end of the stick must not damage the ice surface or inadvertently puncture or slash other players, so the following rules apply:

  • No part of the pick or teeth may come to a sharp point.
  • The pick must not extend more than 1cm anywhere beyond the stick.
  • The pick must have at least six teeth, each with a maximum length of 4mm.
  • The goaltender may have an additional pick at the base end of his stick. The goaltender may also use an additional stick with a blade or a trapper glove with teeth.

History

A direct descendant of ice hockey, ice sledge hockey was invented at a rehabilitation center in Stockholm, Sweden, during the early 1960s by a group of Swedes who, despite their physical impairment, wanted to continue playing hockey. The men modified a metal frame sled, or sledge, with two regular-sized ice hockey skate blades that allowed the puck to pass underneath. Using round poles with bike handles for sticks, the men played without any goaltenders on a lake south of Stockholm.

The sport caught on and, by 1969, Stockholm had a five-team league that included players with a physically impairment and able-bodied players.

That same year, Stockholm hosted the first international ice sledge hockey match between a local club team and one from Oslo, Norway.

During the 1970s, teams from these two countries played once or twice a year. Several other countries began to establish teams, including Great Britain (1981), Canada (1982), USA (1990), Estonia and Japan (1993).

Two Swedish national teams played an exhibition match at the inaugural Örnsköldsvik 1976 Paralympic Winter Games in Sweden.

Ice sledge hockey did not become an official event until the Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games.

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The first biathlon starts in women’s 6km sitting and men’s 7.5km at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center have finished.

In the women’s competition, Andrea Eskau of Germany won gold with a time of 19:12.4, Svetlana Konovalova of Russia won the silver medal with a time of 19:31.1 and Olena Iurkovska of Ukraine won bronze with a time of 19:39.6.

Roman Petushkov won Russia’s first Paralympic gold, perfectly shooting a distance of 7.5 km and finishing with a score of 21:03.7. Ukrainian athlete, Maxim Yarovov was eight seconds behind the Gold medalist. Japanese athlete, Kozo Kubo and closed the top three with a score of 21:45.6.

Two more sets of medals were won this afternoon in the Paralympic Biathlon competition held at Laura. In the Men’s 7.5 km short distance, Russian athlete Vladislav Lekomotsev won gold with silver going to Canadian Mark Arendz. The bronze medal was won by Russian Azat Karachurin.

Lekometsev completed the race with one penalty and finished in 19 minutes and 13.7 seconds – only 0.7 seconds ahead of the Canadian athlete. Arendz also missed once, but lost out to Lekometsev for speed. Bronze winner Karachurin finished 1.2 seconds behind the leader.

In the Women’s 6 km, gold and silver were won by Russian athletes Alena Kaufman and Anna Milenina respectively, with bronze going to the Ukrainian Yulia Batenkova.

Kaufman closed both targets cleanly with a final time of 18 minutes and 27.2 seconds. Due to two misses, Milenina lost a total of 30.2 seconds. Julia Batenkova had one penalty and finished 50.5 seconds behind the leader.

The downhill at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center has now concluded, with medals contested in three categories in the women’s and men’s competitions.

In the women’s visually impaired event, Slovakia’s Henrietta Farkasova recorded the best time of 1 minute and 31.55 seconds. In the second place, 2.73 seconds behind, was Great Britain’s Jade Etherington. The bronze Award belongs to the Russian Alexandra Frantseva, who completed the descent 4.23 seconds behind Farkasova’s gold winning time.

France’s Marie Bouchet ended up top of the rankings in the women’s standing category, having completed the descent in 1 minute and 30.72 seconds. Behind her came silver medal winner Inga Medvedeva from Russia (1:32.19) and America’s Allison Jones (1:34.09), who won the bronze medal.

In the women’s sitting category, the gold medal was won by Germany’s  Anna Schaffelhuber. She finished with a time of 1 minute and 35.55 seconds. The second and third places were secured by athletes from the United States. The silver was claimed by Alana Nichols, who completed the descent just 0.14 seconds after Schaffelhuber, and bronze belongs to Laurie Stevens, who finished 1.39 seconds outside the gold medal position.

In the competition for men with impaired vision, the Paralympic Winter Games gold won by the Spanish skier Jon Santakana, with a descent time of 1:21.76. A mere 0.25 seconds behind him was the Slovakian skier Miroslav Haraus, winning the silver. Canada’s Mark Mack took 1.26 seconds longer for his descent, earning the bronze.

In the men’s standing category, the best time was achieved by Austria’s Markus Salzer (1:24.35). Russia’s Alexey Bugaev claimed second place – just 0.6 seconds behind. France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel, who finished 0.95 seconds behind gold position, was in the third place.

The men’s sitting category saw Japan and Canada on the podium. The gold medal was won by Japanese skier Akira Kano, who completed the course in 1 minute and 23.80 seconds. Canada’s Josh Duke lost out on gold by just 0.39 seconds, but secured the silver medal. Takeshi Suzuki made it two Japanese athletes on the podium for the competition, claiming the bronze medal, 0.95 seconds after his compatriot.

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