U.S. sled hockey rolls into worlds final against familiar rival

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Once again, it’s the U.S. versus Canada for a global sled hockey title.

The border rivals each dominated world championship semifinals in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Friday to set up their fourth straight meeting in the biennial final, one year after the Americans beat the Canadians in the PyeongChang Paralympic overtime final.

The gold-medal game airs live on Olympic Channel on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET. It also streams live on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. NBCSN airs the game at 5:30 p.m.

The U.S., under new coach David Hoff, beat Canada 3-1 in group play last Saturday to open the tournament.

In Friday’s semis, defenseman Jack Wallace scored five goals, leading the U.S.’ 10-2 rout of the host Czechs and running its margin to 27-3 in four total games. That came hours after Canada blanked South Korea 10-0.

Wallace, the second-youngest player on the team at age 20, broke the U.S. single-game goals record at a worlds.

The U.S. roster is headlined by Princeton student Declan Farmer, who scored the last-minute tying goal and golden goal in the PyeongChang final, and longtime goalie Steve Cash.

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