Declan Farmer heroics lift U.S. to Paralympic hockey title in OT (video)

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Declan Farmer tied the Paralympic hockey final with 37.8 seconds to play, then scored the golden goal 3:30 into overtime to lift the U.S. over Canada 2-1 for gold on Sunday.

“It’s all a blur at the moment,” said Farmer, a 20-year-old Princeton student, “but when it comes back I will remember this day for the rest of my life.”

Farmer’s heroics gave the U.S. a third straight Paralympic title. No other nation has won two Paralympic golds in seven total tournaments.

The U.S. also finished the Winter Paralympics with the most medals (36) and most gold medals (13) for the first time since Albertville 1992.

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When Farmer made a move seconds before scoring the tying goal, with the U.S. having pulled goalie Steve Cash, teammate and captain Josh Pauls thought to himself, “This is Declan Farmer time.” Farmer’s goal was the first allowed by Canada at the tournament, the shutout streak ending after 224 minutes.

Thirty seconds earlier, Canada’s Rob Armstrong had a chance to clinch gold on the empty net, but hit the post from an angle.

Farmer tallied a tournament-leading 11 goals and 17 points in his second Winter Games. His 14 career Paralympic goals are a U.S. record.

Last year, Farmer broke U.S. records for most goals (12) and points (18) at a world championship tournament, though Canada beat the U.S. in that final. He was born a bilateral amputee and started playing sled hockey at age 9.

Cash, who stopped 11 of 12 Canadian shots for his third Paralympic title, told Farmer after Sunday’s game that he was his hero.

“He’s the best overall sled hockey player to ever play the game,” Cash said, according to TeamUSA.org.

The U.S. dedicated its tournament to its 2014 Paralympic coach, Jeff Sauer, who died of pancreatic cancer in February 2017.

“Coach Sauer is watching over us,” Farmer said.

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U.S. sled hockey team dominates pool play, onto semifinals

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The U.S. sled hockey team, bidding for a Paralympic three-peat, finished pool play with an 8-0 rout of host South Korea on Tuesday and won its three games by a combined 28-0.

Declan Farmer, a 20-year-old Princeton student, netted a hat trick Tuesday, while Brody Roybal tallied five points. Steve Cash faced just four shots en route to his fourth straight Paralympic shutout dating to 2014.

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The U.S. gets Italy in the semifinals Thursday (7 a.m. ET, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app) and, potentially, rival Canada in the final Saturday (11 p.m. ET, NBCSN and streaming).

The Canadians went undefeated in the other group, outscoring foes 35-0.

In 2014, the U.S. blanked Canada 3-0 in the semifinals en route to gold. Its final opponent in Sochi, Russia, doesn’t have a hockey team in PyeongChang as it was unable to qualify while banned from competition due to the country’s poor anti-doping record.

Canada won the most recent world title, topping the U.S. 4-1 in the gold-medal game last April. Then the U.S. returned the favor with a 3-2 win in Prince Edward Island on Dec. 9. The teams then split a home-and-home series in February.

The U.S. is the only nation to win multiple Paralympic hockey titles. It is dedicating its tournament to its 2014 Paralympic coach, Jeff Sauer, who died of pancreatic cancer in February 2017.

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U.S. blanks Canada for gold at IPC World Sled Hockey Championship

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The U.S. scored all its goals in the third period to beat Canada 3-0 in the IPC World Sled Hockey Championship gold-medal game in Buffalo, N.Y., the Americans’ first World title on home ice.

Declan Farmer and Dan McCoy scored within 4 minutes, 18 seconds, of each other midway through the final period. Josh Pauls added an empty-netter with 22 seconds left.

Farmer, 17, potted his sixth goal of the tournament with 12:02 to go, on a Brody Roybal assist, tying the record for a U.S. player at a single Worlds with Taylor Lipsett. Farmer was born a bilateral amputee, one above the knee and one below the knee.

McCoy, 21, scored for the first time at Worlds, with Adam Page and Joshua Misiewicz assisting. McCoy was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

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Roybal also assisted on Pauls’ insurance goal.

Steve Cash recorded the shutout, just as he did in the Sochi Paralympic final against host Russia. Cash saved eight.

“This felt like a dream,” Cash said, according to the International Paralympic Committee. “Obviously, in Sochi, we worked really hard to win gold there, and I feel like this year we’ve been working even harder as a unit. To do this in front of our home fans and in front of a lot of people who have never even been exposed to sledge hockey before, it gives me a feeling of pride and speaks volumes to where the sport has come and how much it has grown.”

Canada had beaten the U.S. 1-0 in the 2013 World Championship gold-medal game. The U.S. has now won three of the last four World Championships.

The Americans outscored their five opponents in Buffalo by a combined 29-1.

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