Buffalo's Harbor Center was filled with intensity and patriotism as Team USA took on Russia in their Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships opener. A sea of American flags waived in support of the home team as it took the ice against its familiar foe. The two teams had met just one year earlier in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic final.
In what was a thrilling rematch, team USA struck first when Brody Royal opened the scoring midway through the first period. Team USA would add two more goals early in the second before Russia’s Ilia Volkov finally pushed one past USA net minder Steve Cash.
The third period was all Team USA as they added 3 goals to pad their lead. Their last two goals were scored on consecutive power play/ penalty killing efforts.
The atmosphere inside the sold out Harbor Center was nothing short of electrifying. Fans were cheering “U-S-A, U-S-A” throughout the entire night. If last night’s game was any indication of the support to come in the later rounds, opposing teams are in for an uphill climb against the defending olympic champs.