Photo from Minnesota Elite League
NEW HOPE, Minn. - Cullen Potter (Minneapolis, Minn.) scored twice and Cole McKinney (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Maceo Phillips (Wayzata, Minn.) netted their first goals of the season to lift the U.S. Under-17 National Team to a 4-2 win over the Elite League All-Stars on Saturday afternoon at New Hope Ice Arena.
McKinney opened the game's scoring with his first of the season on the power play after Team USA drew a holding call. Drew Schock (Green Bay, Wis.) found Landon Hafele (Fairbanks, Alaska) at the goal line, who dished the puck to McKinney at the right cirlcle. McKinney ripped a one timer past Elite League goaltender Kai Weigel for a 1-0 lead at the 7:26 mark of the first period.
The Elite League All-Stars got on the board 2:25 into the middle frame with a wrister from the right circle at the hands of Mason Stenger.
Potter gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead just shy of the game's halfway mark. Will Horcoff (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) dished the puck to Charlie Trethewey (Woodbine, Md.) on the right wing and Tretheway passed it to Potter at the right circle. The future Spartan hesitated before rifled a wrister into the far-side top corner.
Potter added a second just 3:48 later. Jacob Kvasnicka (Plymouth, Minn.) connected with Trethewey, along the boards, carried it up the ice and fed it to Potter with a slick backhand pass at the point. He skated down the right wing and fired from the goal line, at an angle, past Weigel.
The All-Stars got one more as Jackson Ernst buried a rebound to make things 3-2 heading into the final frame.
Phillips regained the two goal lead with a bomb through traffic from the point off a feed from Will Belle (Minnetonka, Minn.) 5:22 into the third. Jack Murtagh (East Greenbush, N.Y.) got a stick on it as well to pick up a helper.
Patrick Quinlan (Kennett Square, Pa.) saw the opening two periods in net for Team USA to pick up his first win of the season with 19 saves, while Harrison Boettiger (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) backstopped the U.S. in the third, stopping all eight shots he faced.
The U17s square off with the Elite League All-Stars for a rematch tomorrow morning. Puck drop is set for 10:00 a.m. from New Hope Ice Arena.