PLYMOUTH, Mich. – The US National Under-17 Team came up just short in overtime against the Chicago Steel, falling 4-3 Sunday evening at USA Hockey Arena.
Both teams came out strong in the opening frame but neither found the back of the net. Team USA and Chicago put up 12 and 11 shots, respectively.
Chicago found the back of the net a minute into the second period to open the scoring. USHL points-leader and NTDP alum Sean Farrell collected the puck off a face-off and passed it to Josh Doan in the slot who backhanded his shot for a 1-0 lead. The Steel doubled their lead minutes later with a wrister from the high slot by the league's leading goal scorer, Matt Coronato.
The U17s got on the board to cut the deficit in half midway through the second courtesy of Frank Nazar III (Mount Clemens, Mich.). While entering the offensive zone, Nazar collected a pass off the boards from Isaac Howard (Hudson, Wis.) who was skating behind through the neutral zone. The University of Michigan commit skated down the right-wing side and let a laser go beating Steel netminder, Jack Stark, top shelf.
Chicago restored its two-goal lead moments later. Dawson Pasternak put a shot on net from the blue line that was tipped in by Erik Middendorf.
Team USA put up 12 shots in the middle frame increasing their shot total, 24-21, despite trailing 3-1.
The U17s cut their deficit to one after capitalizing off a Chicago defensive-zone turnover. Howard took the loose puck behind the net and passed it to Logan Cooley (West Mifflin, Pa.) in the slot who wasted no time shooting it past an unprepared Stark for his 16th score of the season. Cooley's goal extended his point streak to five consecutive games.
Team USA tied the game on the power play with three minutes left in regulation. Lane Hutson (Barrington, Ill.) passed the puck up to Cooley, who skated in and backhanded it on Stark for his second marker of the game.
In the overtime session, the Steel's Mackie Samoskevich buried a wrister with 48 seconds left to take the win, 4-3.
Cameron Korpi (South Lyon, Mich.) stopped 27 of the 31 shots put on goal by Chicago.
The U17s return to action next weekend for a pair of games against Shattuck-St Mary’s at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.
Fans looking to purchase tickets for both contests on Friday and Saturday can visit USAHockeyNTDP.com/tix or call 734-453-6400 x 396.