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U17s Fall to Lincoln, 3-1

By USA Hockey's NTDP, 02/24/24, 9:15PM EST


Murtagh nets 15th of the season

Photo by Rena Laverty

PLYMOUTH, Mich. Jack Murtagh (East Greenbush, N.Y.) netted his 15th goal of the season, but the U.S. National Under-17 Team fell to the Lincoln Stars by a 3-1 count on Saturday night inside USA Hockey Arena.

Lincoln opened scoring for the night 14:53 into the first period as Blake Montgomery found Ryan Spinale at the bottom of the left circle to made it a 1-0 game.

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Will Moore (Ithaca, N.Y.), who stole the puck from the Stars and took off on the breakaway but was slashed from behind, was awarded a penalty shot 3:57 into the middle frame, but was unable to put the puck in the net.

Murtagh leveled the score with 6:02 left in the period. Carter Amico (Westbrook, Maine) found Murtagh in the crease, who deked out Lincoln netminder Lucas Massie to score one stick-side.

Less than a minute later, Montgomery buried a wrister from the right circle to regain the Stars' lead heading into the final frame.

Cole McKinney (Lake Forest, Ill.) took off on a one-on-one breakaway at the 12-minute mark of the third, but couldn't convert on the opportunity for Team USA.

An empty-net tally by Keaton Peters brought the final score to 3-1.

U.S. goaltender Patrick Quinlan (Kennett Square, Pa.) finished the match with 25 saves, while Massie had 26. 

The U17s are back in action on Friday, March 1 as they travel to ImOn Ice Arena for a joust against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Puck drop is set for 8:05 p.m. ET and the game can be seen live on FloHockey.

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