The United States claimed a 4-2-0 (W-L-T) record and earned fifth place at the 1978 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Montreal, Canada.
Forward Bobby Crawford tallied 13 points (4-9) in six games to pace all U.S. skaters while Mark Green registered a team-high seven goals. In net, Paul Joswiak collected four wins.
|Dec. 22||Canada||L, 6-3|
|Dec. 23||Czechoslovakia||L, 8-5|
|Dec. 25||West Germany||W, 8-4|
|Dec. 28||Switzerland (Relegation)||W, 11-1|
|Dec. 30||West Germany (Relegation)||W, 6-5|
|Dec. 31||Finland (Relegation)||W, 8-6|