LENNY LIGHTS THE LAMP: Under-18 forward Ryan Leonard (Amherst, Mass.) couldn't have gotten out to a much faster start on the season as he potted five goals and added an assist in the team's two wins over Muskegon.
The Boston College commit kicked off the campaign with a four-goal performance Friday morning in Muskegon. He netted his first two on the power play, converted on a breakaway later in the 2nd period and capped his game with a shorthanded marker after a tenacious forecheck midway through the final frame.
Leonard enters his second season at the NTDP after producing 43 points (26g-17a) in 62 games between the Under-17 and Under-18 Teams last season.
WE WANT MOORE: U18 forward Oliver Moore (Mounds View, Minn.) also had a quick start to the season as he collected a three-point game on Friday and added an assist on Saturday for a four-point weekend.
Moore scored back-to-back goals for Team USA in the middle of the second period, first scoring off a 2-on-1 break with a nice set-up from Alex Weiermair (Los Angeles, Calif.) and then converting off a backhand snipe from the slot to give the U18s a 4-1 lead.
Moore, a Minnesota native and future Minnesota Golden Gopher, was another player who split the 2021-22 season between the U17s and U18s. Combined, he collected 46 points (26g-20a) in 54 games, good to put him in the top-5 in points for Under-17 skaters.
NO FUSS FOR MUSS: U18 netminder Carsen Musser (Sherburn, Minn.) was stout in his season debut at Muskegon, turning aside 26 of 28 Lumberjacks shots en route to his first win of the season.
Last season, the 6-foot-4 netminder appeared in 25 total games, collecting a 3.49 GAA and .888 SV%, including his first collegiate win, an 8-1 victory over Buffalo State in November at USA Hockey Arena.
Musser is one of two U18 players, along with forward Gabe Perreault (Hinsdale, Ill.), who has yet to commit to an NCAA squad for next season.
LUMP OF COLES: The U.S. National Under-17 Team used a big effort from a pair of Cole's to push to a 4-0 victory Friday night over Johnstown.
Cole Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.) continued his impressive start to the season with a two-goal, three-point night. He netted from the slot near the start of the second period and then added a power-play tally midway through the third to give him four goals in four games played.
Defenseman Cole Hutson (Barrington, Ill.) found Eiserman for his first score with a beautiful cross-crease, back-door feed in addition to adding an assist on Lucas Van Vliet's (Livonia, Mich.) goal to kick off the game's scoring. Hutson's four points (1g-3a) leads all NTDP defensemen so far this season.
COLLEGE KICKOFF: Opening Weekend at USA Hockey Arena is quickly approaching and fans can go home with souvenirs, giveaways and player autographs.
The U18s kick off the 2022-23 NTDP home schedule with a pair of Kroger College Series matchups. Come see the boys take on Lake Superior State on Friday, October 7, where all fans in attendance will receive a 2022-23 NTDP magnet schedule, presented by X-Golf Canton.
On the following night, the Under-18 Team plays host to Michigan Tech University, when fans can collect the 2022-23 U18 Team Poster and fill it with autographs from the team after the conclusion of the game.
2022 U18 FIVE NATIONS: USA Hockey Arena is proud to host the 2022 U18 Five Nations Tournament, taking place from November 8-12, 2022, in Plymouth, Michigan.
The best hockey players under the age of 18 from the United States, Czechia, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland will all compete in a round-robin style schedule, facing off against all other teams throughout the week.
All tickets for the Five Nations will be sold as day passes - one ticket provides entry to both games on a given day. Tickets for all five days of the tournament are on sale now and fans can purchase by using the links below, visiting the USA Hockey Arena box office in person or by calling 734-453-8400!