By Gary Anderson

December 2 - Josh Pauls and his US teammates looked in ominous form as they cruised passed South Korea in Toronto ©Getty Images It was business as usual for North American neighbours the United States and Canada as both sides followed up opening day wins with two more impressive performances at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto.

Following a narrow win over Russia at the MasterCard Centre yesterday, the Americans took on South Korea and fired in five unanswered goals against a side who had also shipped five to Canada in their opening game.

The star man for the US was 16-year-old Declan Farmer who provided a reminder to head coach Jeff Sauer of his undoubted ability and claims for a spot in the Sochi 2014 squad with a man-of-the-match display.

The youngster bagged two goals while teammate Josh Pauls was also an effective weapon contributing one goal and two assists.

"Declan just continues to amaze us, the whole staff," said Sauer.

"I mean, he does things that are very clever for a very young player and he's very skilled, but he's a smart skilled player it's not just skill that does things.

"He does the little things that make him that much better."

Taylor Chace, who bagged his second goal of the tournament, and Greg Shaw completed the list of scorers for the reigning Paralympic champions.

They are joined on six points by hosts Canada who put in another five-star showing against Russia.

This time it was a player at the other end of the experience scale who shone the brightest as veteran Billy Bridges bagged two goals and two assists for the Maple Leafs.

Canadian star Billy Bridges was the man in form as the hosts despatched Russia 5-3 ©Getty Images Canadian star Billy Bridges was the man in form as the hosts despatched Russia 5-3
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Despite an early strike from Evgeny Petrov for the visitors, Adam Dixon, Kevin Rempel and Tyler McGregor had the reigning world champions ahead by the end of the first period.

Bridges then made his telling contribution, rifling to the net twice to counteract two goals for Russia including a strike from danger-man Konstantin Shikhov.

With 10 goals and seven goals in two games respectively for Canada and the US, their much anticipated clash on Wednesday (December 4) looks set to be an exciting contest and will represent an opportunity for the USA to reclaim some bragging rights after going down 1-0 to their rivals in the World Championship Pool-A final earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Russia and South Korea will finally register some points on the board after they square-up on Wednesday also.

The action in Toronto is due to continue through until (Saturday) December 7.

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