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.
Follow the U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team every step of the way at TeamUSA.USAHockey.com.
Notes: The U.S. outshot Slovakia 49-14… Robert Mastrosimone (East Islip, N.Y.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
|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|
|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|