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U.S. Wins Sled Hockey Gold

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Goalie Steve Cash of the United States stretches for the puck during the ice sledge hockey gold medal game between the Russian Federation and the United States of America at the Shayba Arena during day eight of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

Goalie Steve Cash of the United States stretches for the puck during the ice sledge hockey gold medal game between the Russian Federation and the United States of America at the Shayba Arena during day eight of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

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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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