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U18s Drop First Game to Chicago, 3-1

By USA Hockey's NTDP, 10/29/21, 9:30PM EDT


Spicer tallies for Team USA

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The U.S. National Under-18 Team outshot the Chicago Steel by a 33-29 margin but fell to the USHL leaders, 3-1, Friday evening at USA Hockey Arena. 

The Steel netted first when they played a two-man game off of a Team USA defensive-zone turnover. Dylan Robbins stole the puck below the goalline and fed Zam Plante in front who took three stabs at the puck to put Chicago up 1-0 at 6:42 of the first.

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The U18s evened the score when Cole Spicer (Grand Forks, N.D.) made a sleek dangle around a Steel defenseman and put his shot through the five-hole of former NTDP netminder, Gibson Homer. Spicer chipped the puck to Gabe Perreault (Hinsdale, Ill.) in the neutral zone, who returned it to Spicer. He made a quick move around the defense and fired a quick wrister for his third tally of the season. Defenseman Hunter Brzustewicz (Washington Twp., Mich.) picked up an assist on the goal, his first point of the season. 

Neither side could find the back of the net in the middle frame as Homer and Dylan Silverstein (Calabasas, Calif.) combined for a shutout period of hockey. Homer turned aside 14 shots while Silverstein made seven saves, including a pair of 2-on-1's on back-to-back zone entries from Chicago to deny Adam Fantilli and Jack Harvey, respectively. 

The Steel jumped back ahead on a power-play goal from Joe Miller just eight seconds into the man advantage and Jack Harvey extended the lead to 3-1 with less than eight minutes to play in regulation. 

Team USA called timeout and pulled Silverstein with 3:28 to play but could not find the back of the net as the game ended 3-1. 

The two sides are back in action tomorrow evening for game two of the series. Puck drop is slated at 7:00 p.m. ET from USA Hockey Arena. 

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