(OVER) TIME TO PLAY HERO: The U.S. National Under-18 Team needed more than regulation to win their past two NCAA contests over Boston University and Yale last weekend.
On Saturday afternoon in Boston, it was Oliver Moore (Mounds View, Minn.) who gave the U18s a win as he netted on the power play at 1:35 of the extra session. With the marker, the University of Minnesota commit bookended Team USA's scoring after he netted just 61 seconds into the game.
Moore followed up his two-goal performance with two assists on Sunday and has now recorded multiple points in six of his last nine games played.
In Connecticut, Ryan Leonard (Amherst, Mass.) won a race to a loose puck and found the back of the net off a breakaway to give the U18s their 10th win over NCAA opponents this season.
Leonard's tally was his 19th of the season, putting him one off Gabe Perreault's (Hinsdale, Ill.) team lead of 20. The Massachusetts native has now recorded at least one goal scored in seven of the team's past 11 games.
NOTABLE NOVEMBER: The NTDP had an extremely successful month of November as the U17s and U18s combined for a 17-3-0-1 record and two international championships.
Both teams swept their international competitions as the U17s took all seven games at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Canada and the U18s beat Czechia, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden on home ice to capture the Five Nations championship.
In 10 games, the Under-18 Team outscored its opponents by a 55-30 margin while the U17s netted 60 goals to the opposition's 34 across 11 games played.
SHOOT YOUR SHOT: The U17s have had tremendous success overall this season, but even more so when they get 30 shots on net in a game.
When hitting that marker, the team is 10-1-0 on the campaign. The team mustered only 24 shots on net in Friday's 6-1 loss to Youngstown but responded with 31 shots on net in Saturday's 3-2 win to split the weekend.
When outshooting their opponents this year, the U17s are undefeated in eight instances.
SECOND-PERIOD SURGE: The Under-18 Team has outscored its opponents in all three periods this year, but have an especially grand advantage in the middle frame, outscoring other teams by a 54-20 margin.
In comparison, the U18s have won the first period by a combined 32-18, the third period by a narrow 32-30 score and have won five of six games that finished after regulation time.
The U18s used a 2-0 advantage in the middle 20 minutes Sunday at Yale to extend their current winning streak to four games, their fourth streak of at least four consecutive wins on the season.
PARSONS PARTY: Under-17 goaltender Jack Parsons (Cortland, N.Y.) has earned a win in each of his last six appearances as he's extended his season-long record to 8-3-0 in 12 games.
During the six-game stretch, Parsons has posted a 1.99 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. The Providence University commit will likely get another start this weekend against Madison.
REMEMBERING JJ: Former USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations, the late Jim Johannson, was one of five members inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Wednesday evening in Minnesota.
Born in Rochester, Minnesota, Johannson was selected in the seventh round (No. 130) of the 1982 NHL Draft by the Hartford Whalers. He spent four seasons playing center at the University of Wisconsin, where he won an NCAA championship in 1983, and then played in the International Hockey League with Salt Lake City, Indianapolis and Milwaukee from 1987-94. He also played for the U.S. at the 1988 Calgary Olympics and the 1992 Albertville Olympics.
Johannson joined USA Hockey in 2000 as manager of international activities and U.S. Olympic Committee relations. As a USA Hockey executive, he was part of the management team for every Olympics since 2002, when the U.S. won a silver medal in Salt Lake City. He also was part of the silver medal winning effort at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Johannson was promoted to senior director of hockey operations on Aug. 5, 2003 and was named assistant executive director of hockey operations on June 25, 2007.
Among the most significant accomplishments during Johannson's tenure at USA Hockey was the U.S. winning 64 medals (34 gold, 19 silver, 11 bronze) in major international competition. He also helped launch and implement the highly acclaimed American Development Model and secured USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, as a home for all U.S. teams in 2015.