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GAMEDAY: U.S. Faces Slovakia in 2019 Five Nations Opener

By USA Hockey, 08/13/19, 4:45AM EDT


Puck drops at 9 a.m. ET

FÜSSEN, Germany – The United States Under-17 Men's Select Team opens the 2019 Five Nations Tournament against Slovakia today at 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) at Füssen Arena. The game will be streamed on


Today's Opponent: Slovakia

Team USA is 5-0 (W-L) in its last five meetings with Slovakia at the Five Nations tournament, outscoring the Slovaks 32-7 over that span. 

The two teams most recently met in the 2018 event when the U.S. defeated Slovakia, 5-0, in its final outing of the tournament to finish third with a 2-2 (W-L) record. Mark Estapa (St. Clair, Mich.), Cross Hanas (Highland Village, Texas), Mackie Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Jack Williams (Biddeford, Maine), who all recently competed at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, recorded goals in the win. 

Curley at the Helm: 

Matt Curley (Madrid, N.Y.) is the head coach of the 2019 U.S. Under-17 Men's Select Team after serving as an assistant coach during the 2018 event in Piestany, Slovakia where the team finished third. Curley recently finished his first year as the head coach of the University of Alaska Anchorage men's hockey team, and previously spent three seasons as the head coach of the Alps Hockey League's EC Red Bulls Juniors team in Salzburg, Austria. Curley is assisted by Mike Corbett (Green Bay, Wis.), Rich Hansen (New York, N.Y.) and Dave Caruso (Roswell, Ga.) 

About the Tournament: 

The Under-17 Five Nations Tournament takes place annually and features a round-robin style tournament in which the U.S. competes alongside the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland. The 2019 U.S. Under-17 Select Team roster was chosen from players skating at USA Hockey's 2019 Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp in Amherst, New York.

2019 Roster

2019 U17 Five Nations

U17 Five Nations History

U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)/Result Streaming Statistics
Fri., Aug. 9 Red Bull Academy U-18 (Exh.) W, 7-1 N/A N/A
Sun., Aug. 11 Germany (Exh.) W, 5-0 N/A N/A
Tues., Aug. 13 Slovakia W, 9-3 Box Score
Thurs., Aug. 15 Switzerland W, 5-2 Box Score
Fri., Aug. 16 Czech Republic L, 3-6 Box Score
Sat., Aug. 17 Germany W, 7-3 Box Score

U17 Five Nations News