FRISCO, Texas – Nine different players registered a point as the United States Under-17 Select Team defeated Switzerland 6-2 in the opening game of the 2016 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Frisco, Texas.
The Czech Republic defeated Slovakia, 5-1, in the second game of the night.
Full recaps for both games are below.
All Five Nations Tournament games are free of charge, in addition to being streamed live at usahockey.fasthockey.com.
Nine different players registered a point as the United States Under-17 Select Team defeated Switzerland 6-2 in the opening game of the 2016 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Frisco, Texas.
“I was extremely proud of our guys,” said Cory Laylin (St. Michael, Minn.), head coach of the 2016 U.S. Under-17 Select Team. “It was great to see us have success on the power play early after practicing the man advantage primarily with small area games."
The United States jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period with a pair of power-play goals scored just 1:45 apart by TJ Walsh (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Jacob Semik (Canton, Mich.). After Switzerland’s Valentin Nussbaumer scored at the 13:55 mark to halve the Team USA lead, Walsh made it 3-1 with his second goal of the game in the final minute of the period, beating Swiss goaltender Akira Schmid on a breakaway after blocking a shot at the U.S. blueline.
Nussbaumer scored again for Switzerland 2:29 into the middle period to cut the U.S. lead to 3-2, but Team USA responded late in the period as Blake McLaughlin (Grand Rapids, Minn.) poked home his own rebound to increase the U.S. advantage to 4-2 entering the final period.
McLaughlin and Ryan Savage (Scottsdale, Ariz.) then netted goals 29 seconds apart, at 6:51 and 7:20 of the final period, to make the final score 6-2.
Christian Krygier (Novi, Mich.) finished with two assists for Team USA, while Brady Smith (Palatine, Ill.), Gavin Hain (Grand Rapids, Minn.), Devlin McCabe (North Oaks, Minn.), Christian Krygier (Novi, Mich.), Walsh and Semik each added an assist.
Drew DeRidder (Fenton, Mich.) made 22 saves for Team USA in the victory.
Team USA will continue play Wednesday (Aug. 10) against Slovakia at 8:15 p.m. ET at the Dr Pepper StarCenter Arena in Frisco, Texas.
The Czech Republic scored three first period goals en route to a 5-1 win over Slovakia on opening night of the 2016 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament at Dr Pepper StarCenter in Frisco, Texas.
Matej Blumel opened the scoring for the Czechs 4:15 into the first period and Tomas Koblizek doubled the Czech advantage just 1:47 later. Voltech Strondala made it 3-0 for the Czechs at the first intermission with a goal in the final minute of the opening frame.
Oliver Ojuliar cut the deficit for Slovakia to 3-1 with a power-play goal five minutes into the second period.
Karel Plasek and Vojtech Kropacek scored third-period goals to bring the final to 5-1.
Lukas Dostal made 22 saves for the Czech Republic in the victory. Michal Vojvoda made 37 saves for Slovakia.
Both teams return to action tomorrow (Aug. 10) for their second games of the 2016 U17 Five Nations Tournament. The Czech Republic faces Germany in the opening game of the day at 4:30 p.m. ET, while Slovakia takes on the United States at 8:15 p.m. ET.
|Date||Games||Time (CT) / Score||Live Coverage|
|Tues., Aug. 9||Switzerland vs. USA||USA 6, SUI 2||Recap|
|Slovakia vs. Czech Republic||CZE 5, SVK 1||Recap|
|Wed., Aug. 10||Czech Republic vs. Germany||CZE 6, GER 0||Recap|
|Slovakia vs. USA||USA 10, SVK 1||Recap|
|Thurs., Aug. 11||Germany vs. Slovakia||SVK 4, GER 3 (SO)||Recap|
|Czech Republic vs. Switzerland||CZE 5, SUI 3||Recap|
|Fri., Aug. 12||Switzerland vs. Germany||SUI 5, GER 3||Recap|
|USA vs. Czech Republic||USA 6, CZE 1||Recap|
|Sat., Aug. 13||Slovakia vs. Switzerland||SUI 6, SVK 1||Recap|
|USA vs. Germany||USA 9, GER 2||Recap|
Tag(s): 2016 U17 Five Nations