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U.S. Earns 7-1 Win Over Slovakia

By USA Hockey, 08/25/17, 2:00PM EDT


Josh Groll (San Diego, Calif.) and Cole McWard (Fenton, Mo.) each recorded a goal and two assists as the United States Under-17 Men’s Select Team beat Slovakia, 7-1, in the second game of the 2017 Five Nations Tournament.

"I was proud of the boys." said U.S. head coach Pat Ferschweiler (Rochester, Minn.). "They came together as a group through adversity rather than going apart. We had a great third period and were able to secure the win."

Jake Hale (Minneapolis, Minn.) opened the scoring 5:11 into the first stanza with his third goal of the tournament, assisted by Groll and McWard.

Solvakia netted the equalizer 1:18 into the second frame off a deflected wrist shot, but John Farinacci (Chatham, N.J.) banged home a rebound on the power play 9:21 into the period to put Team USA up 2-1. 

Twenty seconds into the third period, Grant Silianoff (Edina, Minn.) slipped through a Slovakian defender to tuck in a backhanded goal. A mere 25 seconds later, Arthur Kaliyev (Staten Island, N.Y.) netted a rebound off a Dylan Wendt (Grand Haven, Mich.) shot to give the U.S. a 4-1 advantage. Next, after killing a 5-on-3 power play, McWard buried a wrist shot with 9:45 remaining to make it 5-1. Four minutes later, Groll stuffed home a wraparound goal, his third of the tournament. Ryan Johnson (Irvine, Calif.) closed the scoring for Team USA by firing a puck short-side over the blocker of the Slovakian netminder to make the final score 7-1.

U.S. goaltender Ethan Haider (Maple Grove, Minn.) stopped 13 of 14 Slovakian shots in the victory.

The U.S. (2-0) will meet Germany tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time / 9 a.m. Eastern Time in the teams’ third game of tournament play. That game will be played in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and will be live streamed here.

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Notes: The U.S. outshot Slovakia 49-14… Robert Mastrosimone (East Islip, N.Y.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game.

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U.S. Roster

Team usa Lines vs. Slovakia

Left Wing Center Right Wing
21 Silianoff 14 Farinacci 17 Mastrosimone
19 Kaliyev 20 Nodler 22 Wendt
10 Christy 15 Griffin 18 Svejkovsky
11 Bertrand 16 Groll 12 Hale
Left Defense Right Defense Goaltender
3 Johnson 2 Boltmann 30 Haider
4 Koster 7 Miller 1 Chauvette
6 Webber 5 McWard

Team USA Schedule

Date Opponent TIme (Local/ET)/Result Location
Mon., Aug. 21 HC Vitkovice U18 (ex.) W, 6-2 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Thurs., Aug. 24 Switzerland W, 8-1 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Fri., Aug. 25 Slovakia W, 7-1 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Sat., Aug. 26 Germany W, 6-0 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Sun., Aug. 27 Czech Republic W, 5-3 Ostrava, Czech Republic

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