The teams have already met twice in the 2019-20 season and Team USA's dominance has continued. It toppled Canada 4-1 in the preliminary round of the Para Hockey Cup in December, and three days later, the U.S. recorded a 2-1 victory in the finals when Colorado Springs native and Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey alum Joshua Hargis provided the decisive goal. The U.S. outshot Canada 21-7 in the contest en route to capturing its record sixth consecutive Para Hockey Cup.
“I really loved how our team played in December. Both teams have great goalies, so scoring is at a premium and we defended really well,” Hoff said. "Not just our defenseman played well, but our forwards getting back, too. We are really starting to understand how to limit space and not give up any good opportunities.”
Hoff’s squad is 5-0 this season and with this matchup likely to be the last on the season’s schedule, the U.S. has a chance for its first undefeated year since 2015.
Since taking over as head coach for the U.S. National Team, David Hoff has amassed an impressive 16-1 record over two seasons. The lone loss came during last year's Border Series split with Canada. Photo Courtesy of USA Hockey