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NTDP Squads Take on First International Tournaments

By Becky Olsen, 11/04/15, 8:00AM EST


U17s in Canada for World U17 Challenge while U18s Play the Five Nations Tournament in Switzerland

Both the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams are taking part in their first international tournaments of the season, with the Under-18 Team in Switzerland for the Five Nations Tournament while the Under-17 Team continues at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in British Columbia.

FIVE NATIONS: The Five Nations Tournament in Monthey, Switzerland, features the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Team USA. 

The U18s open against the Czech Republic today before taking on Sweden on Thursday, Finland on Saturday and host Switzerland on Sunday.

“The first international tournament is always a good measuring stick,” U18 coach Danton Cole said. “It allows us to see how we measure us and where other teams are at this point.”

The U18s ran their unbeaten streak to six games with a 3-2 shootout win over Chicago on Friday. Zach Walker (Boise, Idaho) and Graham McPhee (Bethesda, Md.) tallied the goals in regulation, while Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.) and Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.) scored the only two goals in the shootout. Goalies Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.) and Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) combined for 29 saves. 

HOCKEY CHALLENGE: The U17s opened the World U17 Challenge with a 6-1 win over the Czech Republic on Sunday and continue against Canada White on Monday. The tournament is being held in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, British Columbia.

Team USA closes out round-robin play against Canada Black on Tuesday. Quarterfinal play begins Thursday, while semifinals are Friday and the medal games Saturday.

*Update: The U.S. defeated Canada White, 7-5, and Canada Black, 6-1, to earn the first seed in Group A. They will face Sweden, the fourth seed in Group B, on Thursday.

Against the Czech Republic, Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn.) scored twice while Jacob Tortora (Victor, N.Y.), Joey Cassetti (Pleasanton, Calif.), Sasha Chmelevski (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Tommy Miller (West Bloomfield, Mich.) had single markers. Goalie Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) kicked out 26 of 27 shots to earn the win.

The U17s opened pre-tournament action with a 4-3 win against Canada Red on Friday.

Upcoming Games


  • Six NTDP alums have earned a spot on the 2015 U.S. Men’s Select Team that will compete at the Deutschland Cup from Nov. 6-8 in Augsburg, Germany. Defensemen Mike Brennan (Smithtown, N.Y./2002-04/Vaasan Sport), Cade Fairchild (Duluth, Minn./2005-07/Metallurg Novokuznetsk) and Sam Lofquist (Somerset, Wis./SaiPa Lappeenranta), along with forwards Chad Kolarik (Abington, Pa./2002-04/Kloten Flyers), Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz./20013-15/Zurich Lions) and Ryan Stoa (Bloomington, Minn./2003-05/Metallurg Novokuznetsk) will represent Team USA.
  • Former NTDP and current Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./2012-13) was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 26. Demko finished with 46 saves en route to back-to-back shutouts at Colorado College (3-0 and 5-0).
  • The U18s carry an 8-3-1 (W-L-T) mark into international play, including a 5-0-1 record in their last six games.
  • Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill./6-14) leads the U18s with 20 points in 12 games. Kieffer Bellows (11-5) is second with 16 points, while Adam Fox (1-9) is third with 10 points. Three players — Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo./6-2), Will Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./4-4) and Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn./1-7) — are tied for fourth with eight points each.
  • In goal for the U18s, Jake Oettinger is 5-3 with a 2.84 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage. Joseph Woll is 3-0-1 with a 2.12 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
  • The U17s carry a 6-5-3 (W-L-OTL) record into this week’s action.
  • Evan Barratt (Bristol, Pa./6-6) and Scott Reedy (5-7) pace the U17s with 12 points each. Scott Reedy (4-7) is second with 11 points. Josh Norris (Oxford, Mich./5-4), Grant Mismash (Edina, Minn./4-5) and Logan Hutsko (North Caldwell, N.J./1-8) sit in a three-way tie for third with nine points each.
  • Dylan St. Cyr and Adam Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio) split time in goal for the U17s. St. Cyr is 3-4-1 with a 3.83 GAA and an .872 save percentage. Scheel is 3-1-2 with a 3.44 GAA and an .908 save percentage.

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