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2019 World Sled Hockey Championship TV schedule

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The U.S. looks to build on last year’s third straight Paralympic hockey title at the world championship, airing live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA starting Saturday.

The Americans, under new coach David Hoff, are ranked second in the world behind defending world champ and rival Canada. The two nations met in the last three world championship finals.

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 overtime win over Canada, and longtime goalie Steve Cash.

All games airing live on TV will also stream live on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app.

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Date Event TV Time (ET) Stream (ET)
April 27 U.S.-Canada (LIVE) Olympic Channel 12:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m.
April 28 U.S.-South Korea (LIVE) Olympic Channel 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
April 30 U.S.-Norway (LIVE) Olympic Channel 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
May 1 Quarterfinal #1 (LIVE) Olympic Channel 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Quarterfinal #2 (LIVE) Olympic Channel 2 p.m. 2 p.m.
May 3 Semifinal #2 (LIVE) Olympic Channel 2 p.m. 2 p.m.
Semifinal #1 (SDD) Olympic Channel 4 p.m. 10:30 a.m.*
May 4 Bronze Medal Game (LIVE) Olympic Channel 7 a.m. 7 a.m.
Gold Medal Game (LIVE) Olympic Channel 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Gold Medal Game (SDD) NBCSN 5:30 p.m.

*Only streaming on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app.

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. sled hockey team beaten by Canada for world title

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The U.S. sled hockey team’s first loss this season came in its most pivotal game.

Canada easily dispatched the U.S. 4-1 in the world championship final, keeping the Americans from claiming back-to-back world titles en route to the Paralympics next year. NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app will air gold-medal game coverage at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Canada scored two goals in each of the first two periods on Steve Cash, who had shut out Russia in the 2014 Paralympic final and Canada in the 2015 Worlds final.

The U.S. avoided a shutout with a Nikko Landeros goal late in the third period.

The U.S. entered the gold-medal game at the 2018 Paralympic site of Gangneung, South Korea, on a tear. They had won all 11 games this season, including six at worlds by a 38-2 margin (with a 2-1 win over Canada in group play).

The team was playing its first tournament since the death of coach Jeff Sauer on Feb. 2 due to pancreatic cancer at age 73.

In Sochi, Sauer coached the U.S. sled hockey team to a repeat Paralympic title, the start of a string of six straight international titles that was snapped Thursday.

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