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USA defeats Canada in men's sled hockey semifinal in Sochi

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Declan Farmer is congratulated after one of his two goals. (Getty Images)
Declan Farmer is congratulated after one of his two goals. (Getty Images)

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It took the United States a few games and a few weeks but USA Hockey finally got the best of Hockey Canada in Sochi on Thursday when the men's sled hockey team defeated Canada 3-0 at the Paralympics.

Canada took the first three battles in Sochi on the ice including the women's gold-medal game and the men's semifinal so the US Paralympians got some retribution. In the sled hockey semifinals, the USA and Canada met once more with the Americans emerging as the victors.

With the win the USA goes on to the gold-medal game looking for a second straight title at the Paralympics. To do so they will have to defeat the host Russians, who beat the USA in pool play 2-1.

The star of the game was 16-year-old Tampa native Declan Frarmer who scored two of the USA's three goals and assisted on the other. Not to mention he had this snipe of a shot (via @PeteBlackburn).

Steve Cash turned in another shutout for the USA, something that has come to be expected. In Vancouver, the Americans didn't give up a single goal in five games. If they can defeat the Russians, the USA will be the first repeat gold medalist in sled hockey Paralympic history.

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