The U.S won their third-straight Paralympic gold medal in ice hockey Saturday night, but did so in incredible fashion. The Americans were facing Canada in the gold-medal game and were down 1-0 in the final minutes, leading to them pulling goalie Steve Cash with less than two minutes left. They looked particularly doomed after that when Rob Armstrong broke in on the empty net, and looked sure to score a game-sealing insurance goal. However, Armstrong’s shot (from a tough angle) hit the post with a minute left, and the U.S. then generated an odd-man rush. With the puck flopping around in front after a couple of passes, 20-year-old forward Declan Farmer was able to roof it over Canadian goalie Dominic Larocque to tie the game with less than 38 seconds left:
Here’s the replay of that:
In overtime, it was again Farmer who came up big, collecting the puck from the corner after a shot from Team USA captain Josh Pauls was blocked, circling back out front and again roofing the puck over Larocque:
That’s an amazing sequence of events, one that recalls how the Canadian women’s hockey team beat the U.S. in the 2014 Olympics after the U.S. hit the post on an empty-net attempt with around 90 seconds left. This time around, the Canadian and American teams had the roles reversed. And Farmer scored two incredible goals to give the U.S. a third-straight gold.