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Gameday: U.S. Natl Jr Team Faces Belarus in Pre-Tournament Game

By, 12/20/17, 8:30AM EST


Puck drop is set for 7pm ET in Jamestown, N.Y.; Live Stream Available on HockeyTV

The U.S. National Junior Team faces Belarus tonight in its first pre-tournament game ahead of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. ET here at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, New York. The game will be live streamed on with live updates avialable on Twitter.

All-time, the U.S. is 3-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) against Belarus. The two teams last met on Dec. 29, 2004, when the U.S. fell to Belarus, 5-3, in preliminary-round play of the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
     The United States will enter the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship as hosts and defending gold medalists while Belarus, which competed in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, returns to the top-level championship after winning last year's Division I tournament.

The United States fell to Belarus, 5-3, in preliminary round of the 2005 event in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Phil Kessel (Madison, Wis.), Drew Stafford (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Mike Brown (Northbrook, Ill.) each scored for the U.S.

Last night, the U.S. National Junior Team arrived in Jamestown, New York, to continue its tournament preparations. After an initial five-day camp in Columbus, Ohio, the U.S. will train in Jamestown for three days, which will be bookended by a pair of pre-tournament games against Belarus at Northwest Arena today and against Sweden on Friday (Dec. 22) at Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pennsylvania. Puck drop for both games is 7 p.m. ET and tickets can be purchased here.

Team USA will face Canada, Denmark, Finland and Slovakia in Group A of this year’s preliminary round. Team USA’s tilts against Denmark, Finland and Slovakia will be held at the KeyBank Center while its meeting against Canada will take place outdoors at New Era Field, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. Quarterfinals will be played at KeyBank Center and HarborCenter while the semifinal and medal games will be played at the KeyBank Center. Visit for more details surrounding the U.S. National Junior Team.

U.S. Roster

2018 World Juniors

Daily Team Notebook

Official Event Site

U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Location Result U.S. Player of Game
Wed., Dec. 20 Belarus
Pre-Tournament Game
Northwest Arena
Jamestown, N.Y.
W, 14-0 NA
Fri., Dec. 22 Sweden
Pre-Tournament Game
Erie Insurance Arena
Erie, Pa.
W, 3-1 NA
Tues., Dec. 26 Denmark
Preliminary Round
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, N.Y.
W, 9-0 Casey Mittelstadt
Thurs., Dec. 28 Slovakia
Preliminary Round
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, N.Y.
L, 2-3 Brady Tkachuk
Fri., Dec. 29 Canada
Preliminary Round
New Era Field*
Orchard Park, N.Y.
W (SO) 4-3 Casey Mittelstadt
Sun., Dec. 31 Finland
Preliminary Round
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, N.Y.
W, 5-4 Joey Anderson
Tues., Jan. 2 Russia
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, N.Y.
W, 4-2 Kieffer Bellows
Thurs., Jan. 4 Sweden
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, N.Y.
L, 2-4 Josh Norris
Fri., Jan. 5 Czech Republic
Bronze-Medal Game
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, N.Y.
W, 9-3 Trent Frederic

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