INTERNATIONAL SWEEP: The U.S. National Under-17 Team won all four games at the U17 Five Nations in Switzerland last week to give the team three international tournament wins in three chances.
The U17s started the tourney with an 8-3 win over Sweden, followed by wins over Finland, Switzerland and Czechia to earn top billing.
Over the course of the four games, the Under-17 Team outscored its opponents by a combined 21-9 final margin.
The team was led by forward Cole Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.), who produced a team-high five goals and nine points while overseas. Forward James Hagens (Hauppauge, N.Y.) and defenseman Cole Hutson (Barrington, Ill.) paced the team with five helpers apiece.
With the tournament victory, the U17s finished the 2022-23 international tour with a 14-1-0-0 overall record, tying the mark for most international wins by an Under-17 Team in NTDP history.
The team brought home Team USA's first Under-17 World Hockey Challenge gold medal since 2017 in November, followed with a Four Nations first-place finish in December and capped the international slate with this Five Nations victory.
U18 FOUR NATIONS: The U.S. National Under-18 Team returned from its overseas travels with a second-place finish at the U18 Four Nations, its final international tune-up before the IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship in April.
The U18s topped Finland in pre-tournament action by a 4-2 final and took down Sweden, but fell to Finland in the rematch in what was ultimately the deciding game in terms of record. The U18s finished the competition with a 9-1 win over Czechia to earn second place.
The top-line trio of Gabe Perreault (Hinsdale, Ill.), Will Smith (Lexington, Mass.) and Ryan Leonard (Amherst, Mass.) continued their dominance in the tournament.
Perreault finished with a team high 11 points (2g-9a), while Leonard led the team with seven goals in four games and Smith pitched in nine points with four goals and five assists.
In the final game against Czechia, Perreault assisted on six of the nine Team USA goals to set a career-high in points in a single game at the NTDP. Smith and Leonard collected five points apiece in the same game, including dueling hat-tricks, while Smith added a fourth score late in regulation.
After sweeping the Five Nations earlier in the season at USA Hockey Arena, the Under-18 Team's international record sits at 7-1-0 heading into April's U18 World Championship in Switzerland.
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U18 forwards Gabe Perreault, Will Smith and Ryan Leonard have all positioned themselves to hit the leaderboard.
With his six assist performance in the U18s last game overseas, Perreault moved into a tie for 12th for most points in a single season with 87. Perreault has 50 assists this year, 13th best in a single season and with 11 regular-season games remaining, will certainly move up the list. The Boston College commit has 37 goals on the season and with six more, can move into the top-10 in NTDP history.
Smith's 142 career points ranks 12th all-time at the NTDP, currently one spot ahead of Perreault. The duo should seemingly climb the ranks for the rest of the season. Smith is four goals away from breaking into the top-10 in career tallies at the NTDP.
On Smith's tail is Leonard, who has 60 career goals and also has an opportunity to climb into the ranks.
A pair of U17s are positioning themselves in the single-season rankings as well. Cole Eiserman has 40 goals thus far on the year to tie Jack Hughes' mark from his U17 season for 11th best all-time.
Cole Hutson has 40 points on the season, five away from entering the top-10 for most points by a defenseman in a single season. Hutson has a chance to better Chad Krys' mark of 49 points for most in a single-season by a U17 defender.
KEEP IT ROLLING: After sweeping the Five Nations last week, the U.S. National Under-17 Team has run its win streak to eight consecutive games, dating back to January 20.
Over that span, the team has outscored its opponents by a 43-23 margin, which includes four USHL games and four international contests.
With two matchups this weekend, the team has an opportunity to match its season best win streak of 10 games, which they set from October 15 - November 18 and included their international sweep at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.