Photo by Rena Laverty
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - The U.S. National Under-17 Team fell to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 3-0 tonight (Oct. 5) at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
After a scoreless first period, Cedar Rapids opened the second period strong, netting three goals in the first four minutes of play.
The RoughRiders tallied its first goal at the 58 second mark after a Team USA turnover at center ice.
Jackson Jutting gave the RoughRiders a 2-0 lead at 3:29 before Max Sasson made it 3-0 ,11 seconds later.
Aidan Hreschuk (Long Beach, Calif.) put the U17s on the board at 15:31 of the second period, sending the puck in past the RoughRiders’ goaltender from the right dot while on the power play. Hreschuk’s goal was unassisted.
Cedar Rapids took a 4-1 lead after putting home a rebound at 4:06 of the third period.
Gibson Homer (Grand Rapids, Mich.) collected 22 saves in his first USHL start while RoughRiders’ Shamil Shmakov had 17 saves
At 15:41 Cedar Rapids added a fifth goal for a 5-1 final score.
The U.S. National Under-17 opens its home schedule next Friday (Oct. 11) against the Muskegon Lumberjacks at 7 P.M. ET. Tickets can be purchased at USAHockeyNTDP.com/Tix.