PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Paul Fischer (River Forest, Ill.) found the back of the net to extend his point streak to four consecutive games, but the U.S. National Under-17 Team fell to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 6-2, Friday evening at USA Hockey Arena.
Cedar Rapids' Ryan Flinton put the RoughRiders on the board first with a redirection goal in front of the net, but Team USA evened the score just 30 seconds later. After a failed Cedar Rapids wraparound attempt, Gabe Perreault (Hinsdale, Ill.) came up with the puck in the slot and floated a pass through the neutral zone that Oliver Moore (Mounds View, Minn.) got to first. He showcased his speed, beating the defender and tapping the puck by RoughRiders netminder Connor Hasley to tie the game at 8:11 of the first.
Cedar Rapids netted all three goals of the second period to take a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. The RoughRiders regained the advantage when Josh Karnish led a 2-on-1 break and fired far-side over the glove of Michael Chambre (Fort Myers, Fla.) to make it 2-1 less than three minutes into the middle frame.
Off a U17 defensive-zone turnover, the RoughRiders doubled their lead at 6:44 of the second. Cole Burtch came up with the loose puck and found David Chen at the right circle, where he fired in for his fifth goal of the season.
Conor Lovett made it three in a row for the visitors when he finished a nice passing sequence nine seconds into a power-play opportunity. He took a pass on one knee at the bottom of the right circle and quickly fired in for a 4-1 contest.
The two sides traded goals in the first five minutes of the final period. Grant Ahcan made it 5-1 for Cedar Rapids, but Paul Fischer (River Forest, Ill.) responded with a bar-down snipe from the left 80 seconds later. Gracyn Sawchyn (Chaska, Minn.) used some fancy stick-handling through the Cedar Rapids defense and found the defenseman stationed at the left circle for his second goal in as many games.
Cedar Rapids potted its second power-play goal of the evening, this one from Adam Flammang, to make it a 6-2 final.
Chambre went the distance for Team USA and made 24 saves on the night.
The U17s give way to the U18s, who host Cedar Rapids for the next two days at USA Hockey Arena as we continue Heroes Appreciation Weekend. Tickets for either game can be purchased at the USA Hockey Arena box office, by calling 734-453-6400 x396 or online at USAHockeyNTDP.com/tix.