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U.S. Downs Russia, 8-2, in U18 Worlds Opener

By USAHockey.com, 04/14/16, 11:00PM MDT

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Clayton Keller and Kailer Yamamoto Each Tally Two Goals

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash.) recorded four points (2-2) and Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) scored two goals and added one assist as the U.S. Men’s Under-18 National Team downed Russia, 8-2, here tonight at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The game was the first for Team USA at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship.

The United States opened scoring 3:44 into the first frame when Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.) sprung Keller with an outlet pass through center. Keller skated in and fired a shot that found space under Maxim Zhukov’s right leg pad and into the net. Less than a minute later, Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo.) backhanded a pass to James Sanchez (Northbrook, Ill.) who ripped a shot over the shoulder of Zhukov. Russia sliced the U.S. lead in half at the 5:17 mark, capitalizing on a rebound opportunity to the right of the net.

Russia knotted the game, 2-2, just over two minutes into the second stanza off a wraparound marker. After an outstretched stick save by Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.), Team USA pressed up ice and Yamamoto found Keller up the right boards. Keller flung a shot toward the net from the goal line and the puck ricocheted off Zhukov and in. Fourteen seconds later, off the ensuing faceoff, the U.S. worked the puck to Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.) whose shot slid under Zhukov to double the Team USA advantage. Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.) and J.D. Greenway (Potsdam, N.Y.) assisted.

The U.S. extended its lead, 5-2, when Yamamoto tipped a Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn.) shot past Zhukov 6:19 into the third period. Anderson stuffed home a rebound at 7:30 on the power play and Team USA went up, 6-2. Krys and Keller earned helpers on the play. Yamamoto netted his second of the frame when a centering attempt was knocked past Zhukov by a Russian defenseman. Logan Brown (Raleigh, N.C.) and Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie, Minn.) collected the assists. Brown joined in on the scoring with six minutes remaining in the game as Team USA pulled away with an 8-2 victory. Yamamoto and Griffin Luce (Williamsville, N.Y.) recorded helpers on Brown’s marker.

Oettinger made 19 stops in the win for the United States, while Zhukov and Danil Tarasov combined for 37 saves in the loss for Russia.

The U.S. Men’s Under-18 National Team continues preliminary play versus Sweden on Saturday (April 16). Puck drop is slated for 4:45 p.m. ET. The contest can be seen live on the NHL Network.


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By USA Hockey Officiating Program 10/28/2022, 8:15am EDT

QUESTION: If a player turns his/her back before a player makes contact and as a result is injured from the body contact, what is the ruling? Does the ruling change if it is deemed unintentional?

ANSWER: Under the USA Hockey Body Checking Standard of Play initiative, all players are expected to maintain control of their body when they execute body checks. Therefore, if an opponent turns their back to a player just before contact then all Checking from Behind penalty interpretations would still apply to the contact.

 

QUESTIONReferring to USA Hockey's Zero-Tolerance Policy, my question is what if the offender is not with a team or neither team claims the offender? What if it is a tactic if Team A is ahead near the end of the game and the offender is a supporter of Team A and they are attempting to run the clock down for the win? How can it be proven that the offender is with a team if neither team "claims" the offender?

ANSWER: The situation you propose is extremely unlikely to ever happen. When you think of the spirit and intent of the USA Hockey Zero Tolerance Policy, it’s to manage a spectator who has become a detriment to the game. Which means something during the game has gone unfavorably for that spectator and their behavior is displaying their displeasure. One would think that by the time the game officials have determined that the spectator needs to leave, they have already figured out who the spectator is with (why would a spectator with no involvement in the game reach that point?). Odds are, he/she has complained about penalties, non-penalties, off-sides calls and other parts of the game which displays which team that spectator is with.

 

QUESTIONWhat penalty (or penalties) would be assessed to a team that deliberately tackles a goaltender who is vacating the net for an extra attacker (let's assume the team is losing towards the end of the game)? Let's assume the team that pulled the goaltender has already sent the extra attacker on the ice. Would the team with the extra attacker be assessed a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty if the goaltender, who has been tackled, is still on the ice?

ANSWERIn your situation, the team that tackled the goalkeeper would be assessed the appropriate penalties under USA Hockey Rule 625, Rule 622, Rule 640 or Rule 601.

Since a team is required to wait until the goalkeeper is at the bench and out of play to make the player substitution, it’s very unlikely that they would send the player before the opponent’s tackle the goalkeeper.

 

QUESTIONIf there are coincidental minor penalties, how do you determine whether teams play full strength or four on four? I could've sworn I've seen both conditions.

ANSWERRule 402.f in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states,

“When an equal number of minor penalties (coincidental) are assessed to players from both teams, the penalized players shall take their place on the penalty bench and immediate substitution will take place for an equal number of minor penalties. The penalized players shall not leave the penalty bench until the first stoppage of play following the expiration of their penalties. Additional minor penalties assessed at the same stoppage that are not considered coincidental minor penalties shall be served in the normal manner."

Taking this rule into consideration, the teams remain at 5 vs. 5 if coincidental penalties are assessed.

 

QUESTION: In the league I currently work in, we need to count body checks per team, but if there is an illegal check (interference, boarding, charging etc...), do we count them as a body check? 

ANSWER: The USA Hockey Playing Rules are not a guidebook for tracking statistics during games (considering how many different possible types of statistics a team could possibly track). Therefore, you will have to consult online resources for how professional hockey stats are tracked.

 

The USA Hockey Playing Rules are now available as a mobile device app! Check your Apple, Android, or Windows app store to download this playing rule app free of charge.

Check out the USA Hockey mobile-friendly online rulebook application! Enter usahockeyrulebook.com into your mobile device’s web browser to gain instant access to the USA Hockey Playing Rules (must have mobile or internet service).

The USA Hockey Playing Rules Casebook and other educational material can be found under the OFFICIALS tab at USAHockey.com.

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By USA Hockey Officiating 10/21/2022, 8:15am EDT

QUESTIONDo I need my last name on my referee jersey?

ANSWER: USA Hockey does not require officials to wear names or numbers on their sweaters. This policy would be decided by the Local Officials Association or League that the official works under.

 

QUESTIONShould players who are ineligible for the game be crossed off the scoresheet at the conclusion of the game?

ANSWERRule 203.a in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states,

“Prior to the start of each game the Manager or Coach of each team shall designate on the scoresheet the players and goalkeepers who shall be eligible to play in the game.

Once the game has started, an eligible player or goalkeeper may be added to the scoresheet during a stoppage of play provided no players are deleted from the game roster and maximum roster size has not been exceeded. For each player added however, a bench minor penalty for illegal substitution shall be assessed.”

 

QUESTIONWhat's the call for a stick between the legs to the groin area from behind in an upward motion on an opposing team? 

ANSWER: It’s very difficult to give an accurate opinion on this question without seeing the infraction firsthand. However, an official could assess a minor or major plus game misconduct penalty for either Hooking, Slashing or Spearing depending on what part of the offending player’s stick makes contact with the opponent, the degree of force of the contact and the result of the infraction.

 

QUESTIONCan a goalkeeper continue to use a broken stick after a stoppage of play?

ANSWER: A player or goalkeeper may never use a broken stick during a USA Hockey game. They must drop the stick immediately before participating in play.

 

QUESTIONWhat and when is a penalty called for leaving a team door or penalty box door open?

ANSWER: There is no penalty in the USA Hockey Playing Rules for leaving a Team Bench or Penalty Bench door open during play.

 

The USA Hockey Playing Rules are now available as a mobile device app! Check your Apple, Android, or Windows app store to download this playing rule app free of charge.

Check out the USA Hockey mobile-friendly online rulebook application! Enter usahockeyrulebook.com into your mobile device’s web browser to gain instant access to the USA Hockey Playing Rules (must have mobile or internet service).

The USA Hockey Playing Rules Casebook and other educational material can be found under the OFFICIALS tab at USAHockey.com.