Photo by Rena Laverty
Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Thomas Bordeleau (Huston, Texas), Daniel Dzhaniyev (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and Ryder Rolston (Birmingham, Mich.) each registered one-goal apiece in the third period, but the U.S. National Under-17 Team fell 6-3 on Monday, April 15 at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in game one of the Eastern Conference First Round best-of-three series.
Cedar Rapids scored a pair of goals twenty-seconds apart in the first period to lead, 2-0 going into the second frame. Forward Jason Polin scored both goals, his first 6:56 into the game, came on a power play with a shot from the left circle. Polin then tucked a shot under the crossbar from the right wing with 7:16 on the clock.
Polin completed his hat trick at 1:48 of the second period, ripping a shot from the right circle under the crossbar to give Cedar Rapids a 3-0 lead.
Shortly after, Noah Grannan (Norwell, Mass.) relieved Drew Commesso (Germantown, Wiss.) in net.
The U17s skated with high pressure, but the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders notched two power-play goals to extend their lead 5-0. The first goal came with 7:09 left in the frame, and the second with 2:40 remaining on the clock.
Unsatisfied with the score, Team USA came storming back in the third period, outshooting Cedar Rapids, 15-5. Bordeleau tallied the U17s first post-regular season goal on the power play, 1:59 into the final frame with assists from Ty Smilanic (Elizabeth, Colo. ) and Rolston.
At 4:40 Dzhaniyev tipped in a shot produced by Tanner Latsch (Twins Lake, Mich.), secondary assist to Daniel Laatsch (Altoona, Wis.). Almost exactly three minutes later at 7:47, Rolston to cut the deficit to 5-3, tallying a power-play goal. Jacob Truscott (Fort Gratiot, Mich.) and Smilanic earned assists on the goal.
Closing out the game, Liam Walsh scored an empty net goal to seal a 6-3 victory for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
Commesso registered 21:48 of ice time facing 10 shots and made 7 saves. Grannan registered 37:19 of ice time, stopping 5 of 8 shots on net.
Game 2: April 16, 2019, vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders | Cedar Rapids Ice Arena | 8:05 p.m. ET
Game 3 (if necessary): April 17, 2019, vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders | Cedar Rapids Ice Arena | 8:05 p.m. ET
NOTES: Team USA outshot Cedar Rapids 30-18...went 2-for-5 on the power play and 0-for-3 on the penalty kill... Ryder Rolston was named the Third Star of the Game.