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Under-17s Fall to Russia, 3-2, in Four Nations Title Game

By USA Hockey, 12/20/14, 10:15PM EST


Team USA Claims Second Place with 2-0-0-2 Record.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) and Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.) each contributed one goal and one assist but the U.S. was clipped by Russia, 3-2, here tonight at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. The U.S. finished the 2014 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament in second place with a 2-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.

After a scoreless period and a half, the U.S. took advantage of its first power play opportunity of the game. Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn.) fed a pass to Keller along the right boards and he rocketed the puck top shelf at 9:21. Krys and Anderson received assists on the tally.

With 1:59 remaining in the period, the puck popped out to the top of the right circle in the U.S. zone and Alexander Yakovenko walked into a slapshot that evened the score, 1-1.

Russia received a man advantage at 14:53, and it took 35 seconds on the ensuing power play to net the go-ahead goal. Vitali Abromov’s shot rebounded to the stick of Maxim Bain at the right post for the goal. The Russians went on another power play minutes later and Platon Popov put home a rebound from Mikhail Sergachyov’s shot from the point to make it 3-1.

Anderson shortened the gap for the U.S. at 16:19 with a power-play wrister off a rebound from Keller and Krys. Joseph Woll (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) was pulled from net in the final minutes, but the game closed at 3-2.

Slovakia 2, Switzerland 0

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Samuel Solensky scored a pair of goals and Anton Ivanovic stopped all 24 shots he faced as Slovakia earned third place in the 2014 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament with a 2-0 victory against Switzerland here today at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

Solensky opened scoring for Slovakia at 3:57 of the first period with a power-play marker. He tapped in a rebound from a shot by Marian Studenic, and that goal stood as the game’s only tally throughout the remainder of the first and second periods.

He struck again with 2:08 remaining in the game to seal the win. He skated in across the crease and put a backhander past Matteo Ritz.

Slovakia boasts a final tournament record of 2-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) with both wins against Switzerland. The Swiss finished 0-0-0-4.


The players of the game were Keller (USA) and Yakovenko (Russia) … Team USA outshot Russia, 33-23 … The U.S. went 2-for-4 on the power play, while Russia went 2-for-6 … Keller led all tournament skaters with eight points (3-5) in four games. Anderson was second with six points (2-4) … The Four Nations Tournament was last held in the U.S. in 2012, when Ann Arbor hosted the Under-18 Four Nations Tournament … The afternoon game saw Slovakia defeat Switzerland, 2-0, to earn third place.

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