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U.S. Captures Silver Medal at U18 Worlds

04/29/2018, 10:30am EDT
By USAHockey.com

Falls to Finland 3-2 in gold-medal game

CHELYABINSK, Russia – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team’s captured the silver medal after falling 3-2 against Finland here tonight in the gold-medal game of the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship at Traktor Ice Rink.

“It was a great game,” said Seth Appert (Cottage Grove, Minn./USAH NTDP), head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team. “After the game I told the team that I loved them, I was proud to coach them, I was proud of the way they represented our country and to wear the silver medal with pride because it was earned and it is hard to get.”

Finland took a 2-0 lead in the first period on a pair of power play tallies. Patrick Giles (Chevy Chase, Md./USAH NTDP) cut the lead in half at 16:53 when his slap shot from the point beat Finland netminder Justus Annunen. Tyler Weiss (Raleigh, N.C./USAH NTDP) and Ty Emberson (Eau Claire, Wis./USAH NTDP) picked up assists on the play.

The U.S. started the second period on the power play after drawing a penalty with one second remaining in the opening frame, but was not able to convert. Trevor Janicke (Maple Grove, Minn./USAH NTDP) tied the game at the 8:24 mark by knocking home a rebound off a shot by Jake Pivonka (Naperville, Ill./USAH NTDP). Weiss also picked up his second assist of the night on the tally after feeding the puck to Pivonka in the slot.

Finland scored what proved to be the game-winning goal while shorthanded at 10:41 of the third period to account for the 3-2 final.

U.S. goaltender Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn./USAH NTDP) stopped 25-of-28 shots.

NOTES: Full recap, highlights, interviews and box score can be found here ... Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla./USAH NTDP) earned the Directorate Award as the tournament’s top forward. He was also named to the Media All-Star Team and tournament MVP after leading the tournament in scoring with 12 points (5-7-12) … Hughes, Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass./USAH NTDP) and Cam York (Anaheim Hills, Calif./USAH NTDP) were named to the Media All-Star Team … Weiss was named the U.S. Player of the Game. Others to earn Player of the Game honors this tournament include Hughes, Knight, Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill./USAH NTDP) and Wahlstrom … The U.S. and Finland both had 28 shots on goal … Team USA is now 10-1-0-6 (W-OTW-OTL-L) against Finland all-time in the U18 Men’s World Championship … The U.S. is now 8-2-0-4 in gold-medal games.

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U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Round Time (Local/ET)/Results Location Television
Sun., April 15 France Exhibition W, 15-0 Traktor Ice Rink
Chelyabinsk, Russia
NHL Network
Thurs., April 19 Canada Preliminary L, 4-6 Metallurg Ice Rink
Magnitogorsk, Russia
NHL Network
Fri., April 20 Switzerland Preliminary W, 8-5 Metallurg Ice Rink
Magnitogorsk, Russia
NHL Network
Sun., April 22 Sweden Preliminary L, 1-3 Metallurg Ice Rink
Magnitogorsk, Russia
NHL Network
Tues., April 24 Belarus Preliminary W, 8-0 Metallurg Ice Rink
Magnitogorsk, Russia
NHL Network
Thurs., April 26 Russia Quarterfinals W, 5-1 Traktor Ice Rink
Chelyabinsk, Russia
NHL Network
Sat., April 28 Czech Republic Semifinals W, 4-1 Traktor Ice Rink
Chelyabinsk, Russia
NHL Network
Sun., April 29 Finland Gold Medal Game L, 2-3 Traktor Ice Rink
Chelyabinsk, Russia
NHL Network

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