BASEL, Switzerland - The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team matches up against Norway this afternoon in the second preliminary-round game of the 2023 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. ET) at St. Jakob Arena and the game will broadcast live on NHL Network.
The U.S. comes into the meeting off a 7-1 win over Latvia to open tournament play. Will Smith (Lexington, Mass.) scored two goals and Ryan Leonard (Amherst, Mass.) and Cole Hutson (Barrington, Ill.) added three points each as the U.S. scored all seven goals in the final 40 minutes of the game.
“As you go into a tournament like this, you want to continue to build, and for game 1 I thought we were building as we went through the game," said head coach Dan Muse (Canton, Mass.) after the win. "Now it’s going to be important that we just keep taking steps as we’re moving forward.”
U.S. goaltender Trey Augustine (South Lyon, Mich.) made 19 stops on 20 shots from Latvia, including 11 in a goalless opening period, to pick up his eighth career IIHF victory in net.
After getting an off day on the first night of the tournament, Norway began their group play yesterday evening as they dropped their opener, 5-0 to Switzerland. They split the game between two goalies, Marius Bjornsgaard and Martin Lundberg, but could not generate the offensive output to stay in the game.
The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team is 2-0-0-0 all-time against Norway in the tournament, the least commonly played opponent for Team USA in the U18 World Championship. The short tournament history between the two teams is below:
April 12, 1999 -- USA 10, Norway 2 - Preliminary
April 9, 2009 -- USA 8, Norway 0 - Preliminary