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GAMEDAY: U18s Open Play vs. Belarus

04/13/2017, 4:45am EDT
By USA Hockey

Team USA opens the 2017 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship today at 3:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET)

The United States and Belarus are meeting for the eighth time in IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship history with the U.S. unbeaten in the previous seven meetings. The all-time series is 6-0-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T). The two teams have only met in preliminary-round games with the last game coming in a 7-1 USA win on April 18, 2010. The U.S. has outscored Belarus 54-8 all-time, with the largest margin of victory coming on April 17, 2006, in a 12-1 victory for the U.S. 

The U.S. enters the 2017 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship having captured a record 13 consecutive medals, including gold medals in six of the last eight years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015). Team USA has won nine gold medals all-time, which is the most of any country in tournament history. The event began in 1999. Team USA returns to Slovakia where its first gold medal was captured in 2002 in Trnava and Piestany.


USA Schedule

DATE OPPONENT TIME (Local/ET)/RESULT LOCATION TV
April 7 Exhibition vs. Belarus W, 5-2 Hodonin, Czech Republic
April 10 Exhibition vs. Finland W, 5-2 ZS Spisska Nova Ves
April 13 Belarus W, 7-0 ZS Spisska Nova Ves NHL Network
April 15 Russia W, 5-4 ZS Spisska Nova Ves NHL Network
April 17 Czech Republic W, 5-2 ZS Spisska Nova Ves NHL Network
April 18 Sweden W, 5-1 ZS Spisska Nova Ves NHL Network
April 20 Switzerland
Quarterfinals
W, 4-2 ZS Spisska Nova Ves NHL Network
April 22 Sweden
Semifinals
W, 4-3 OT ZS Poprad NHL Network
April 23 Finland • Gold Medal Game W, 4-2 ZS Poprad NHL Network

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