Photo courtesy of Madeléne Grahn, Pucksnack.com
SUNDSVALL, Sweden - Seven different players scored goals for the U.S. National Under-18 Team in its 8-1 victory against Finland in the opening game of the 2017 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at the Sundsvall Energi Arena in Sundsvall, Sweden.
The U18s controlled play for most of the first period, outshooting Finland 19-5.
The U18s persistence paid off when defenseman Phil Kemp (Greenwich, Conn.) buried a one-time shot off a faceoff win by Evan Barratt (Bristol, Pa.) at the 19:12 mark of the first period to give Team USA a 1-0 lead.
Finland capitalized on a Team USA penalty by scoring a power play goal at the 2:50 mark of the second period. It would be their only goal of the game.
Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn.) opened the scoring for Team USA in the second period when he buried a one-time wrist-shot from the slot at the 7:32 mark. Quinn Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) started the play by skating past three Finland defenders and dumping a backhand pass to Reedy.
Three minutes later, Logan Cockerill (Brighton, Mich.) gave the U18s a 3-1 lead after wristing a shot past the outstretched blocker of Finland netminder Ukko Pekka Luukkonen. Barratt started the play by gaining control of the puck in the corner on a forecheck. He then dished a backhand pass to a streaking Cockerill.
Hughes gave Team USA a 4-1 lead just over a minute later when he deked past a Finland forward and snapped a wrist shot from the slot. Kemp assisted on the play.
Team USA headed into the second intermission with a 4-1 lead and outshooting Finland 39-12.
Team USA would add four more goals in the final frame. Grant Mismash (Edina, Minn.) scored twice and Max Gildon (Plano, Texas) and Joey Cassetti (Pleasanton, Calif.) each added one tally to give the U.S. the eventual 8-1 victory.
Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) made 21 saves to pick up his fourth international victory this season. Luukkonen finished with 50 saves for Finland.
Notes: Team USA went 2-7 on the power play and 1-7 on the penalty kill … The U18s recorded a season high 58 shots on goal while allowing just 21 shots from Finland … Barratt recorded a +6 plus-minus rating in the game … Gildon and Cockerill lead Team USA in shots on goal with seven each … Hughes and Reedy each earned three points in the game … The U18s have now defeated Finland twice during the 2016-17 season, after earning a 3-2 victory in the tournament championship-clinching victory at the 2016 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament in November … Follow @USAHockeyNTDP on Twitter for tournament updates and join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #5NationsU18.
Phil Kemp Goal: 19:12 1st Period
Scott Reedy Goal: 7:32 2nd Pd.
Logan Cockerill Goal: 10:06 2nd Pd.
Quinn Hughes Goal: 11:38 2nd Pd.
Max Gildon Goal: 1:24 3rd Pd.
Grant Mismash Goal: 8:47 3rd Pd.
Grant Mismash Goal: 13:20 3rd Pd.
Joey Cassetti Goal: 17:16 3rd Pd.
Dylan St. Cyr Save