skip navigation

Team USA Defeats Switzerland, 6-2; Czech Republic Tops Slovakia, 5-1

08/09/2016, 5:00pm EDT

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

RECAP: United States 6, Switzerland 2

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. 

Coach Laylin: Game One Comments

RECAP: Czech Republic 5, Slovakia 1

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. 

2016 U17 Five Nations Game Schedule

Tournament Schedule

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

2016 U17 Five Nations News

Tournament News

U.S. Earns 7-1 Win Over Slovakia

08/25/2017, 4:00pm EDT
By USA Hockey

Most Popular Articles

Offseason Nutrition and Training Tips

03/15/2018, 4:30pm EDT
By Darryl Nelson

Stay at the top of your game this offseason

U.S. Hockey Leagues Well Represented in Final NHL CSS Rankings

04/17/2018, 5:00pm EDT

115 Ranked Players with Ties to American Hockey Development Fill Final Rankings Ahead of 2018 NHL Draft Next June

Under-18 Men's National Team Embracing High Expectations

04/17/2018, 12:30pm EDT
By Laney Byler

Team USA looks to continue golden success at IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship

Connect With Us

Tag(s): 2016 U17 Five Nations