Photo by Rena Laverty
The U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated Sweden this morning, 3-2 in their second game at the Under-17 Five Nations tournament.
Sweden took an early 1-0 lead at 5:59 of the first period on a power-play goal and kept the lead through the first intermission.
Jack Devine (Glencoe, Ill.) sent the puck in on a one-timer from Sean Behrens (Barrington, Ill.) and Luke Hughes (Manchester, N.H.) at 2:15 of the second period to tie the game 1-1. Team USA’s goal was also a power-play marker.
Sweden re-took the one-goal lead with six minutes remaining in the second period after pushing in a rebound at the goal mouth.
Team USA thought it had the equalizer late in the second but the goal was called back after review.
Chaz Lucius (Grant, Minn.) did tie the game, 2-2 at the 9:46 mark of the third period.
Justin Janicke (Maple Grove, Minn.) netted the game-winner, while shorthanded, deflecting the puck in on a pass from Caden Brown (St. Louis, Mo.) at 14:25 of the third period.
Kaidan Mbereko (Aspen, Colo.) made 17 saves in the game and Janicke was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
The U17s continue tournament play tomorrow (Feb. 7) at 9 a.m. ET against Finland.