AMHERST, N.Y. – Throughout the course of the past week, the 180 invitees to the USA Hockey Boys Select 17 Player Development Camp wore colors such as orange, forest and black. Today, a select 42 of those earned their stripes (and stars) as they donned the red, white and blue for the all-star game, where Team White defeated Team Blue 2-1.
Both teams played sound defensively in the first period, taking away shooting lanes and scoring chances throughout the opening 17 minutes.
Team Blue broke through on the power play 8:44 into the second period when Jack Perbix sent a cross-ice pass that landed right on Brady Meyer’s stick in front of the net. Meyer fired it past goaltender Isaiah Saville to take the initial lead.
Team White struck back when Ryan O’Reilly found a loose puck just outside the crease and buried the rebound to tie the game with 9:16 remaining in the second period.
After the two goals second-period goals, the game tightened back up and was highlighted by defense and physical play.
With 4:47 remaining in the third period, Jack Jensen raced down the left side with Philippe Lapointe following close behind. Lapointe went to the front of the net and was the beneficiary of a drop pass from Jensen that LaPointe put top shelf for what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
The roster for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team, which will compete at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic, from August 7-12, was announced shortly following the all-star game.
Tag(s): Boys Select 17