SOCHI, Russia — 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 ice sledge hockey title by beating host Russia 1-0 in the final on Saturday.

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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