U.S. Wins Sled Hockey Gold

SOCHI, Russia (KMOX/AP) The United States Paralympic hockey players have succeeded where the country’s Olympic men failed on ice by collecting medals in Sochi. And they were gold.

The U.S. successfully defended its Paralympic sled hockey title by beating host Russia 1-0 in the final on Saturday.

St. Louisan Steve “Money” Cash, the U.S. goalie, turned away six shots for the shutout.

Former U.S. Marine Josh Sweeney scored in the second period at Shayba Arena, which was close to its 7,000-seat capacity and packed with flag-waving, chanting Russians.

It was the third U.S. gold of a Winter Paralympics being dominated by Russia.

At the Olympics, the U.S. men’s team missed out on a podium finish, but the women won silver.

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