PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Evan Barratt (Bristol, Pa.) and Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn.) each netted two goals, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team earned a point in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Lincoln Stars tonight at USA Hockey Arena.
Lincoln tallied their first marker 30 seconds into the game and struck again six minutes later for a 2-0 lead. Team USA pulled within a goal when Reedy snagged the puck during a Lincoln clearing attempt and snapped it in. With 1:36 left in the first stanza, Logan Hutsko (North Caldwell, N.J.) picked up the puck behind the Lincoln net, skated around and out of the left corner and slid a cross-crease pass to Barratt for the wrist-shot equalizer.
In the second frame, Lincoln regained the lead early, tallying a goal just 2:43 into the period, and then doubled its lead, 4-2, in the final four minutes of the stanza. USA’s best chances came on the power play, but they were unable to convert.
In the third period, Barratt registered his second goal of the game on the power play with help from Reedy and David Farrance (Victor, N.Y.). Team USA potted its fourth goal, the equalizer, again on the power play, but this time Reedy picked up his second of the night. Nate Knoepke (Farmington, Minn.) started the play, passing the puck down the left offensive-zone boards to Barratt in the corner. Barratt tapped a pass to Hutsko near the goal line, who slipped the puck through slot to Reedy floating near the bottom of the right circle.
Neither team could convert in the final minutes, pushing the game to overtime. Lincoln tallied the game winner just 26 seconds into the extra frame for the 5-4 final score.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team leaves Wednesday for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek/Fort St. John, British Columbia. Their first game of the event is a pre-tournament match up with Canada Red Friday, Oct. 30, 9 p.m. ET.
Additionally, the U.S. National Under-18 Team has one more home game Friday, Oct. 30, against the United States Hockey League’s Chicago Steel before they depart to Switzerland for the Under-18 Five Nations Tournament.