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US beats Russia in Sochi Paralympics hockey final

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    March 15, 2014: United States players pose for a team photo after winning the gold medal after their ice sledge hockey match against Russia at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.AP

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    United States players celebrate as they win the gold medal after their ice sledge hockey match against Russia at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, March 15, 2014. United States won 1-0. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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.