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Gameday: U.S. Goes for Gold at 2020 Youth Olympic Games

By USA Hockey, 01/22/20, 12:45AM EST


Puck drops at 9 a.m. ET; Stream live on

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The U.S. Youth Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team looks to claim its second-straight gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games when it takes on Russia today at Vaudoise Arena.

Puck drop is slated for 9 a.m. ET, and a live stream of tomorrow's game can be found here

Isaac Howard (Hudson, Wis.) notched his seventh goal of the tournament and Frank Nazar (Mt. Clemens, Mich.) scored on a penalty shot to lead Team USA to a gritty 2-1 victory over Canada in Tuesday's semifinal. Dylan Silverstein (Calabasas, Calif.) stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced in goal for the United States. The U.S. defeated Switzerland, 8-2, and opened the tournament with a 7-5 win over Finland. 

The U.S. and Russia last squared off in the semifinals of the 2016 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Team USA blanked the Russians, 3-0, before going on to win gold with a 5-2 victory over Canada. 

The U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team is comprised of 17 players (9 forwards, 6 defensemen, 2 goaltenders), 15 of whom were selected to participate in the USA Hockey Select 15 Player Development Camp which took place July 15-20, 2019, in Amherst, New York. The players represent 10 different states, including five players from Minnesota, three from Michigan and two from Florida. 

Six teams, including Canada, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Switzerland and United States, will compete in the men’s tournament in games featuring three, 15-minute periods. The preliminary round consists of two groups with three teams each. The top two teams in each group will qualify for the semifinals with bronze and gold-medal games to follow.

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Thanks to a goal in Team USA's 2-1 win over Canada, Isaac Howard (Hudson, Wis.) broke the Youth Olympic Games record for most goals scored in a single tournament with seven tallies. Howard's seven points, which include hat tricks in both preliminary-round games, also leads all U.S. skaters in scoring with six goals.

The Olympics are a family affair for U.S. forward and captain Jimmy Snuggerud (Chaska, Minn.), whose father, former NHL winger Dave Snuggerud, tallied three goals and two assists as a member of the U.S. Men's Olympic Ice Hockey team at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Snuggerud has an assist in each of Team USA's two preliminary-round games. 

Four members of the gold-medal winning 2016 Men's Youth Olympic Team, including Ty Emberson (Eau Claire, Wis.), Jacob Pivonka (Naperville, Ill.), Mattias Samuelsson (Vorhees, N.J)  and Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass.), recently competed in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic. The U.S. went 2-1-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) to finish sixth at the tournament. Pivonka led the U.S. in goal-scoring while Samuelsson served as team captain. 

Team USA Schedule

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)/Result Stream Location
Tues., Jan. 14 Switzerland
W, 4-0 Stream Here EZO Romanshorn
Romanshorn, Switzerland
Sat., Jan. 18 Finland
W, 7-5 Stream Here Vaudoise Arena
Lausanne, Switzerland
Sun., Jan. 19 Switzerland
W, 8-2 Stream Here Vaudoise Arena
Lausanne, Switzerland
Tues., Jan. 21 Canada
W, 2-1 Stream Here Vaudoise Arena
Lausanne, Switzerland
Wed., Jan. 22 Russia
Gold-Medal Game
L, 0-4 Stream Here Vaudoise Arena
Lausanne, Switzerland

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