United States 6 - Japan 2
THREE POINTS EACH FOR LIPSETT, SALAMONE; AMERICANS MOVE TO 2-0 WITH WIN
CALGARY, Alta. – Taylor Lipsett scored twice and added an assist and Alexi Salamone had a goal and two helpers as the United States stayed undefeated at the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge with a 6-2 win over Japan on Monday afternoon.
The victory moved the Americans to a perfect 6-0 against Japan all-time at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge, including a victory in last April’s bronze medal game.
Nikko Landeros and Kevin McKee finished with a goal and assist each for the U.S., which led 3-0 after one period and 4-2 after two before Lipsett’s two goals capped off the scoring in the final 20 minutes.
Jimmy Connelly had the other goal for the Americans.
Mamoru Yoshikawa and Daisuke Uehara scored for Japan, which has just a single win in 15 games in four appearances at the tournament – a 1-0 preliminary round win over Norway in 2009 in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
After two early power plays produced nothing for the Japanese – although Uehara did hit the post behind American netminder Steve Cash – Connolly opened the scoring on a power play and two more U.S. goals made it 3-0 in a span of 3:21.
The Americans will look to wrap up a perfect preliminary round when they face Canada on Wednesday night (7 p.m. MT), while the Japanese will aim for win No. 1 against Norway in the Wednesday matinee (noon MT).
|Game Number||3||Round||Round Robin|
|Arena||Markin MacPhail Centre - Rink A||City, Country||Calgary, Alta.|
|Month / Day / Year||11/28/2011||Time||12:00 PM MT|
|United States (USA)||3||1||2||6|
13:31 USA 4 Jim Connelly (20 Adam Page) PP
15:08 USA 15 Nikko Landeros (13 Josh Sweeney)
16:52 USA 21 Alexi Salamone (15 Nikko Landeros)
05:41 JPN 13 Mamoru Yoshikawa (10 Takayuki Endo)
06:01 USA 25 Kevin McKee (13 Josh Sweeney, 7 Taylor Lipsett)
15:39 JPN 32 Daisuke Uehara
14:04 USA 7 Taylor Lipsett (21 Alexi Salamone, 15 Nikko Landeros)
14:23 USA 7 Taylor Lipsett (21 Alexi Salamone, 25 Kevin McKee)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|United States||4 Jim Connelly|
|Japan||55 Kazuhiro Takahashi|
|Lines People||Justin Slimm, Curtis Robb|