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U17s Down Slovakia 7-1 at Four Nations

By, 12/14/19, 3:45PM EST


Duke and Janicke net two

Photo by Rena Laverty

KAZAN, Russia- The U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated Slovakia this morning, 7-1 in their Four Nations match-up in Russia behind two goals from Dylan Duke (Strongsville, Ohio) and Justin Janicke (Maple Grove, Minn.).

Duke opened scoring sending the puck in with help from Luke Hughes (Manchester, N.H.) with 7:02 left in the opening frame.

Roman Schmidt (Midland, Mich.) netted is second goal in as many games after capitalizing on a 2-on-1 with Jeremy Wilmer (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) to give Team USA a 2-0 lead with 20 seconds left in the first period.

Slovakia cut the lead to 2-1 before Ethan Straky (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Duke answered.

Straky converted another 2-on-1 with Jack Devine (Glencoe, Ill.) and Duke tipped Sasha Pastujov’s (Bradenton, Fla.) shot in front of the net to give the U17s a 4-1 lead heading into the third.

After a weird bounce on the end boards and the Slovakian goaltender out to play the puck, Wilmer netted his first of the day into a wide-open net to give the U17s a 5-1 lead.

Janicke added two goals in the last 5 minutes to seal the win, 7-1.

Kaidan Mbereko (Aspen, Colo.) stood tall in net with 20 saves in the win.

The U17s finish up their Four Nations tomorrow against host Russia at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)/Result
Fri., Dec. 13 Switzerland W, 9-0
Sat., Dec. 14 Slovakia W, 7-1
Sun., Dec. 15 Russia 6:30 p.m./ 10:30 a.m.

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