MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - The U.S. National Under-17 Team takes on Finland today (Nov. 7) at 3 p.m. ET/5 p.m. ET in quarterfinal action at the Under-17 Challenge.
Finland finished fourth in Group B with a, 0-1-0-2 (W-OTW-L-OTL) record.
Finland took second place at the 2018 U17 Challenge.
The last time the U.S. played Finland was in the 2015 tournament for the fifth-place game where Finland won, 5-4 in overtime.
CANADA BLACK RECAP
The U.S. fell to Canada Black, 5-4 in overtime in its final preliminary-round game on Tuesday (Nov. 4).
CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP
U17 forward Chaz Lucius (Grant, Minn.) scored his 18th goal of the season Monday (Nov. 4) night against Canada White. The University of Minnesota commit has averaged over a goal-per-game for the team.
Chaz Lucius (Grant, Minn.) leads Team USA at the Challenge with eight points (4-4-8) through four games. Sean Behrens (Barrington, Ill.) and Dylan Duke (Strongsville, Ohio) each have seven points. Behrens has tallied one goal and six assists while Duke has five goals and two assists.
WORLD U17 CHALLENGE HISTORY
Team USA has competed at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on 25 previous occasions, including the Quebec Cup in 1990 and the Quebec Esso Cup in 1986. Combined, the U.S. has a 89-8-6-37-7 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record, good for first in the all-time event standings. Team USA has finished in the top three 15 times; first place in November, 2017, January 2014, 2010, 2002 and 2001; second place in November 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2006, 1998 and 1996. The U.S. took third place in 2013, 2009 and 1998. Last year the U.S. finished in eighth place.
The U.S. Under-17 Team (2003 birth year) enters the 2019 World Under-17 Challenge with an 7-7-0-0 overall record. In last year’s tournament the 2002s went 1-0-1-4-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) during its 2018 run in Saint John/ Quispamsis, New Brunswick.
The last time the tournament was in Alberta was 2005 and the U.S. went 3-1-1 and placed fifth.
|Date||Opponent/Round||Time (Local/ET)/Result||Live Stream/Stats|
|Thurs., Oct. 31||Canada Red (Pre-Tournament)||SOW, 7-6||Stats|
|Sun., Nov. 3||Czech Republic (Preliminary)||W, 10-1||Stats|
|Mon., Nov. 4||Canada White (Preliminary)||W, 6-4||Stats|
|Tues., Nov. 5||Canada Black (Preliminary)||OTL, 4-5||Stats|
|Thurs., Nov. 7||Finland (Quarterfinal)||W, 8-4||Stats|
|Fri., Nov. 8||Canada White (Semifinal)||W, 7-3||Stats|
|Sat., Nov. 9||Russia (Championship)||L, 2-6||Stats|