MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - The U.S. National Under-17 Team earned second place at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge tonight after falling to Russia, 6-2 in the championship game.
"It's obviously not the result we wanted but I'm proud of our team," head coach John Wroblewski said after the game. "It's always an honor when you get to represent your country on the international stage. We'll learn and grow from this experience moving forward, especially in international competition."
After a scoreless first period, Russia netted two in the second. At 7:34 of the middle frame Russia knocked the puck in on the backdoor to lead, 1-0. They added a second at 19:49 of the period to take a 2-0 lead into the third period.
The U.S. had several chances in the second and outshot Russia 18-6 in the period.
Russia added three more early in the third period before the U.S. scored.
Aidan Hreschuk (Long Beach, Calif.) put the U.S. on the board at 16:16 of the third period. Caden Brown (St. Louis, Mo.) and Jeremy Wilmer (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) picked up the assists.
Colby Saganiuk (Plainfield, Ill.) netted Team USA’s second of the game while on the power play at 18:12 of the third period to make it 5-2 before Russia added an empty-net goal to secure it, 6-2.
With the second-place finish, the U.S. has now finished in the top three at the Under-17 Challenge 16 times.
Chaz Lucius (Grant, Minn.) and Sean Behrens (Barrington, Ill.) earned all-tournament honors for Team USA. Lucius led the tournament in points with 10 and in goals with seven. Behrens led the tournament in assists with seven.
|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|