LINCOLN, Neb. -- Patrick Moynihan (Millis, Mass.) netted two goals in the U.S. National Under-18 Team's 9-3 victory over the Lincoln Stars Saturday Night at the Ice Box.
The U18s' overall record improves to 35-12-2-0 (W-L-OTL-SOL) with the victory.
Domenick Fensore (Thornwood, N.Y.) opened the scoring 5:35 into play when he skated the puck up the ice and fired a shot past Lincoln netminder Samuel Hlavaj on the power play.,
Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.) netted Team USA’s second power-play goal of the night when he capitalized off a feed from Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.), doubling the lead with 8:21 left in the first frame.
John Beecher (Elmira, N.Y.) and Moynihan concluded the period with two goals 21 seconds apart around the three-minute mark, bringing the score to 4-0 Team USA entering the first intermission.
Hughes opened the second period with a goal 1:57 into play with the help of Michael Gildon (Plano, Texas) and Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.).
Judd Caulfield (Grand Forks, N.D. ) netted a goal 7:50 into the middle period when he banged home a loose puck off a Turcotte feed in the slot.
Moynihan tallied his second of the evening with a back-handed goal at 7:42 on the clock, giving the U18s a seven-goal lead entering the final stanza.
Lincoln got on the board early in the final period 26 seconds into play off a breakaway, tallying its first of the night.
Trevor Zegras (Bedford, N.Y.) responded with a goal 6:54 into the frame off a feed from Alex Vlasic (Wilmette, Ill.) at the point.
Lincoln scored again at 9:53, but was followed by an Owen Lindmark (Naperville, Ill.) goal 14 seconds later.
The Stars concluded the scoring with 59 seconds remaining on the clock to account for the 9-3 final.
Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn.) made14 saves on 17 shots in the contest.
The U18s return to action Friday, Dec. 15th vs. the Green Bay Gamblers at USA Hockey Arena. Tickets are available at USAHockeyNTDP.com/Tix.
NOTES: The U18s outshot Lincoln 40-17, went 2-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.