CHOMUTOV, Czechia – Cooper Simpson (Shakopee, Minn) netted four goals and picked up two assists to help the U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team claim second place in the 2023 Five Nations Tournament with a 14-3 win over Germany at Rocknet Arena on Tuesday.
Simpson netted a goal at the halfway mark of the first, assisted by Fleece and Chase Reid (Chesterfield, Mich.).
Germany got on the board at the 4:40 mark of the middle frame.
Jesse Orlowsky (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Simpson responded for Team USA midway through the second period to go ahead 7-1.
Germany added a pair of goals, and the U.S. found the back of the net three more times in the middle stanza to take an 11-3 lead after two periods.
Simpson completed a hat trick, and then added a fourth goal in the third period. Crowder also recorded a goal to bring the final score to 14-3.
Goaltender Wesley Jefferson-Swint (Walled Lake, Mich.) made 17 saves.
Notes: Ben Kevan (Fairfield, Calif.) was named Team USA’s Player of the Game… USA outshot Germany 47-20… The U.S. finished the tournament with a 3-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.