By Paul Osborne

The United States have won the inaugural IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Womens International Cup ©TwitterThe United States made history today as they become the first female team to be crowned champions of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Ice Sledge Hockey Women's International Cup.

The competition, which took place at the South Fletcher's Arena in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, saw teams from Canada, US and Europe - featuring players from Finland, Norway, The Netherlands and Great Britain - battling for the inaugural title.

Following three-days of action, the US women took the title with a resounding 5-1 victory over North American rivals Canada in the final.

Kelsey Diclaudio was the star of the show as she netted on four occasions, while also notching an assist.

Diclaudio opened the scoring for the US just after the three minute mark before doubling the advantage inside six minutes.

Her hat trick came within eight minutes as she knocked home a third to give the US a comfortable lead.

This was made yet more comfortable a minute later when Erica Mitchell got her name on the scoresheet to make it 4-0.

Canada fell 4-0 behind within the first period and struggled to stamp their mark on the final ©TwitterCanada fell 4-0 behind within the first period and struggled to stamp their mark on the final ©Twitter

Canada steadied the ship in the second period as they managed to halt the American onslaught and keep the scoreline the same going into the final period.

Diclaudio came back with a bang in the third, however, as she swept home her fourth of the game to all but seal the victory.

Ashley Goure responded for the hosts, scoring a consolation with just 30 seconds left on the clock.

The US had booked their spot in the final with four wins out of four.

After finishing second in the group phase, Canada had to overcome a winless European side 2-0 in the semi-final to seek their revenge over the Americans.

The IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Women's International Cup was the first-ever women's competition sanctioned by the sport with the aim of developing the women's game.

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