DMITROV, Russia - Keenan Suthers (Macomb, Mich.) tallied the game-winning goal late in the third period and Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) made 30 saves as the U.S. National Under-17 Team clipped Finland, 2-1, here tonight at Dmitrov Arena. With the victory, Team USA’s record improves to 2-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) at the 2015 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.
James Sanchez (Northbrook, Ill.) opened the scoring for Team USA 13:29 into the first frame, snapping a Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) feed into the net. Oettinger was tested nine times and denied each chance to preserve the lead after 20 minutes.
Finland knotted the game at 16:39 of the second stanza, leading to a tightly contested third period that saw Suthers score the eventual game-winner. Heading around the net to attempt the wrap around, Nick Pastujov’s (Bradenton, Fla.) attempt was kicked out but batted in by Suthers.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team wraps up tournament play tomorrow (Feb. 6) against Sweden. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
Team USA outshot Finland, 31-20 ... The U.S. went 0-3 on the power play while Finland went 0-7 ... Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn.) served as team captain tonight along with assistant captains Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.) and Luke Martin (St. Louis, Mo.) ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team is now 10-4 in international play this season, outscoring opponents 56-26 ... Follow @USAHockeyScores for live scoring updates from the tournament. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #U17FiveNations ... Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team, is leading the squad in Russia, along with assistant coach John Gruden and intern assistant coach Tyler Walsh ... All 22 players on the roster are from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... For the complete Under-17 Team roster, click here ... Team USA claimed first place in last year's tournament held in Sundsvall, Sweden ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.