NEW HOPE, Minn. - Forwards Chaz Lucius (Grant, Minn.) and Justin Janicke (Maple Grove, Minn.) each collected hat tricks to lead the U.S. National Under-17 team to a 17-5 win over MSP Magazine Sunday afternoon at New Hope Ice Arena. The 17 goals scored is an NTDP record.
Lucius ended the game with five scores after he added a pair in the game's final period. The U17s' leading scorer started his afternoon with a five-hole finish off a nice set-up from Janicke. Lucius potted his second before the close of the first 20 minutes with a rebound tap-in into the MSP cage.
Lucius completed the hat-trick in the second with a power-play tally in front off a pretty set-up from Jack Hughes (Westwood, Mass.). The 6-foot Lucius added his fourth and fifth of the afternoon with back-to-back goals late in the third. First came a successful tap-in in front of the net from Roman Schmidt (Midland, Mich.) before finishing his scoring day with a rebound goal late in the game.
Janicke started his trio of scores with a beautiful give-and-go play on a 3-on-2 rush with fellow forward Jack Devine (Glencoe, Ill.). Number 58 in white collected his second score with a highlight-reel forehand-backhand-top shelf finish off a long pass from goaltender Josh Seeley (Trenton, Mich.). Janicke completed his feat when he finished another 3-on-2 rush by ripping his wrist-shot in the top corner of the net.
Jack Hughes kicked off the game's scoring when his centering feed somehow found the back of the net from a sharp-angle shot in the corner.
Defenseman Luke Hughes (Manchester, N.H.) made it 3-0 in the first when he scored shorthanded on a 2-on-1 rush off a patient pass from forward Dylan Duke (Strongsville, Ohio). Colby Saganiuk (Plainfield, Ill.) scored the other non-Lucius or Janicke goal in the first when he converted on a 2-on-1 of his own.
In the middle frame, Red Savage (Northville, Mich.) scored first on a shorthanded opportunity after a nice dangle to evade the MSP defenseman. Duke added one of his own when he finished a break off the feed from Ryan St. Louis (Riverside, Conn.).
St. Louis was next on the scoreboard when he finished a pretty forehand-backhand move in front of the attacking net. Defenseman Ty Gallagher (Clarkston, Mich.) added his name to the scoresheet when he went bar-down with a one-timer from the left circle.
Tyler Boucher (Haddonfield, N.J.) and Gallagher's second of the afternoon finished off Team USA's 17 tallies in the game.
Gibson Homer (Grand Rapids, Mich.) started in net for the U17s before heeding to the injury fill-in, Hansen, for the game's final 40 minutes.
The U17s will enter USHL play next weekend with a pair of contests in Cedar Rapids.