US beats Russia in Sochi Paralympics hockey final

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United States's Paul Schaus, left in action with Russia's Vladimir Kamantcev, right during the gold medal ice sledge hockey match between United States and Russia at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, March 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
United States' Brody Roybal, right in action with Russia's Dmitrii Lisov, center during the gold medal ice sledge hockey match between United States and Russia at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, March 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
United States' Tyler Carron (L) vies Russia's Alexey Amosov during Sledge Hockey Final match between Russia and USA at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium close near Sochi on March 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Nikko Landeros of the United States is challenged by Konstantin Shikhov of Russia during the Ice Sledge Hockey Gold Medal game between the United States and Russia on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
United States' Declan Farmer (L) and Brody Roybal (R) vie with Russia's Dmitrii Lisov (C) during Sledge Hockey Final match between Russia and USA at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium close near Sochi on March 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Goalkeeper Steve Cash of the United States stretches for the puck during the ice sledge hockey gold medal game between the Russian Federation and the United States of America at the Shayba Arena during day eight of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Declan Farmer of the United States chases Konstantin Shikhov of Russia during the ice sledge hockey gold medal game between the Russian Federation and the United States of America at the Shayba Arena during day eight of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Vladimir Kamantcev of Russia saves a goal of Russia during the ice sledge hockey gold medal game between the Russian Federation and the United States of America at the Shayba Arena during day eight of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Declan Farmer of USA (R) clashes with Nikolay Terentyev of Russia during the Ice Sledge Hockey Gold Medal match between Russia and USA at the Shayba Arena during day eight of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Tyler Carron of the USA competes with Ilia Volkov of Russia during the ice sledge hockey gold medal game between the Russian Federation and the United States of America at the Shayba Arena during day eight of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Nikko Landeros of USA (R) clashes with Alexey Amosov of Russia during the Ice Sledge Hockey Gold Medal match between Russia and USA at the Shayba Arena during day eight of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Billy Bridges of Canada scores his team's third goal during the ice sledge hockey bronze medal game between Canada and Norway at the Shayba Arena during day eight of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Sledge hockey pucks are laid out prior to the ice sledge hockey gold medal game between the Russian Federation and the United States of America at the Shayba Arena during day eight of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: United States fans hold a banner for Andy Yohe during the Ice Sledge Hockey Gold Medal game between the United States and Russia on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
United States' Tyler Carron warms up before Sledge Hockey Final match between Russia and USA at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium close to city of Sochi on March 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' players wait for the beginning of their Sledge Hockey Final match against Russia at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium near the city of Sochi on March 15, 2014. USA won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's players react after Sledge Hockey Final match between Russia and USA at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium close to city of Sochi on March 15, 2014. USA won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' teammates celebrate their victory in the Sledge Hockey Final match against Russia at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium near the city Sochi on March 15, 2014. USA won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' goalie Steve Cash (L) and his teammates celebrate their victory in the Sledge Hockey Final match against Russia at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium near the city Sochi on March 15, 2014. USA won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' goalie Steve Cash (2nd L) and his teammates celebrate their victory in the Sledge Hockey Final match against Russia at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium near the city Sochi on March 15, 2014. USA won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' goalie Steve Cash (L) and Nikko Landeros celebrate their team's victory in the Sledge Hockey Final match against Russia at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium near the city Sochi on March 15, 2014. USA won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' Nikko Landeros celebrates his team's victory in the Sledge Hockey Final match against Russia at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium near the city Sochi on March 15, 2014. USA won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Sledge Hockey team players show their silver medals after the final match against USA at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium close to city of Sochi on March 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Sledge Hockey team players show their silver medals after the final match against USA at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium close to city of Sochi on March 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Sledge Hockey team players show their silver medals after the final match against USA at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium close to city of Sochi on March 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' players celebrate thier victory in Sledge Hockey Final match between Russia and USA at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium near Sochi on March 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' players celebrate thier victory in Sledge Hockey Final match between Russia and USA at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium near Sochi on March 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' players celebrate thier victory in Sledge Hockey Final match between Russia and USA at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Shayba stadium near Sochi on March 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) - 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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