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U.S. Defeats Slovakia in Hlinka Gretzky Cup Exhibition Game

08/04/2018, 6:00pm EDT
By USA Hockey

Robertson leads the way with four points; U.S. begins preliminary-round play on Monday

SYLVAN LAKE, Alberta — The U.S. Under-18 Men's Select Team defeated Slovakia 10-4 this afternoon in an exhibition tuneup at Sylvan Lake NexSource Center prior to the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Team USA captain John Farinacci (Chatham, N.J.) recorded three points (1G, 2A), while Nicholas Robertson (Northville, Mich.) led all skaters with four points (2G, 2A).

Josh Groll (San Diego, Calif.) opened the scoring for Team USA at 2:32, beating Slovakian netminder Patrick Kozel over the right shoulder after an entry pass from Jackson Jutting (Savage, Minn.).

The U.S. would lead for the entirety of the game following Nodler's goal, outshooting Slovakia 55-29.

Dustin Wolf (Tustin, Calif.) started the game in goal for Team USA, making 15 saves on 17 shots. Derek Mullahy (Scituate, Mass.) entered at the halfway point and made 10 saves on 12 shots.

In all, 13 skaters recorded points for the U.S., including Arthur Kaliyev (Delray Beach, Fla.), who registered one goal and added an assist.

The U.S. opens preliminary-round play Monday (Aug. 6) at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup when it meets the Czech Republic. Puck drop at Servus Arena in Red Deer, Alberta, is set for 7 p.m. local time (9 p.m. ET). The game will be streamed live on HockeyTV.

For the complete game statistics, click here.

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2018 U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Round Time (Local/ET)/Result Location
Sat., Aug. 4 Slovakia Exhibition W, 10-4 Nexsource Arena
Sylvan Lake, Alta.
Mon., Aug. 6 Czech Republic Preliminary W, 6-0 Servus Arena
Red Deer, Alta.
Tues., Aug. 7 Finland Preliminary W, 6-2 Servus Arena
Red Deer, Alta.
Wed., Aug. 8 Russia Preliminary L, 8-3 Servus Arena
Red Deer, Alta.
Fri., Aug. 10 Canada Semifinals OTL, 5-6 Rogers Place
Edmonton, Alta.
Sat., Aug. 11 Russia Third-Place Game L, 4-5 Rogers Place
Edmonton, Alta.

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