Paralympic roundup: Canada falls to U.S. in OT in para ice hockey final

Canada's para ice hockey team lost an overtime thriller to the United States in the gold-medal game, falling 2-1 at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Canada wraps up Games with 28 medals

Members of Canada's para ice hockey team console each other after losing the gold-medal game to the United States in overtime. (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Canada's para ice hockey team lost an overtime thriller to the United States in the gold-medal game, falling 2-1 at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Declan Farmer scored the winner in overtime for the Americans, who claimed their third-consecutive Paralympic title. Farmer also forced overtime with 37 seconds left in regulation. Canada hasn't won para ice hockey gold since the 2006 Games in Torino.

Declan Farmer scored in overtime to give the U.S a 2-1 win over Canada, handing the United States their 3rd straight para ice hockey gold. 1:45

Billy Bridges opened the scoring for Canada in the first period and Rob Armstrong nearly sealed the gold for the Canadians in regulation, but hit the post on an empty-net attempt. The Americans quickly countered, with Farmer scoring on Dominic Larocque to force overtime. It was the first goal conceded by Canada at these Games.

The silver medal brought Canada's record-setting haul from Pyeongchang to 28, eclipsing the previous record of 19 from the Vancouver Games. Canadian Paralympians earned eight gold, four silver and 16 bronze in South Korea.

More cross-country hardware

Canada's cross-country relay teams won silver and bronze on the last day of competition at the Paralympics.

Anchoring the mixed relay team, Mark Arendz of Hartsville, P.E.I., made up a lot of ground to move Canada up from fourth to second in the 4x2.5-kilometre race. 

The team of Mark Arendz, Natalie Wilkie, Emily Young and Chris Klebl skied to a silver medal in the 4x2.5km mixed relay. Arendz has now won 6 medals in Pyeongchang, setting a new Canadian Paralympic record. 0:39

The 28-year-old now has six medals in as many events at the 2018 Winter Games to break Lauren Woolstencroft's Canadian single Winter Games record of five medals — all gold — won at Vancouver in 2010. 

Arendz was joined on the podium by multi-medallist Natalie Wilkie of Salmon Arm, B.C., Emily Young of Kelowna, B.C., and Chris Klebl of Canmore, Alta.

Ukraine was first with a time of 24 minutes 31.9 seconds and Germany rounded out the podium. 

Later, veteran Paralympian Brian McKeever of Canmore and Collin Cameron of Sudbury, Ont., came back to capture bronze in the open relay. McKeever raced with guide Russell Kennedy.

McKeever and Cameron skied to a time of 23:52.4 seconds to capture bronze in the 4x2.5km open relay 1:18

McKeever, 38, raced to a rare "triple treble" on Saturday — sweeping all three individual men's cross-country visually impaired events for the third consecutive Winter Paralympics. 

Cameron, who made his Paralympic debut in Pyeongchang at the age of 29, won two bronze medals earlier in the Games. He was also third in the 15 km and 7.5 km biathlon races.

Jepsen skis to 4th medal

Mollie Jepsen earned her fourth medal of these Games with a silver in the women's slalom standing event.

The 18-year-old from West Vancouver posted the second-fastest times in both runs to add to her medal haul; Jepsen previously won super combined gold and a pair of bronze medals in the downhill and giant slalom events.

Jepsen's silver in the women's slalom was her 4th medal of the Paralympics. 1:40

Alana Ramsay, who owns two alpine bronze medals, finished sixth in the slalom, while Erin Latimer placed 10th. Frederique Turgeon didn't finish her second run, while Mel Pemble didn't finish her first.


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