MONTHEY, Switzerland - Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo.) capped a three-goal second period as the U.S. National Under-18 Team clipped Sweden, 4-3, here tonight at Patinoire de Monthey. With the win, the United States improves to 2-0 at the 2015 Five Nations Tournament.
Sweden tallied the first marker of the contest midway through the opening period. The United States responded at 15:03 when Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.) found the back of the net. Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) and Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.) assisted on the game-tying goal. Back-to-back U.S. penalties led to a 5-on-3 power play for Sweden and the Swedes converted to regain the lead.
Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.) scored early in the second stanza to knot the game, 2-2. Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn.) earned an assist on the play. The back-and-forth action continued as Sweden scored shorthanded, but Graham McPhee (Bethesda, Md.) tallied a power-play marker just before time expired on the man advantage to keep the contest even. Fox and Lindgren collected helpers on the goal. Skating four aside, the U.S. took its first lead with 32 seconds remaining in the period off the stick of Frederic. Luke Martin (St. Louis, Mo.) registered an assist on the play.
Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.) stopped all nine shots he faced in the third period to help ice the victory for Team USA. Woll made 20 saves total between the pipes for the U.S.
The U.S. National Under-18 Team next faces Finland on Saturday, Nov. 7. Game time is slated for 9 a.m. ET at Patinoire de Monthey.
Forward Clayton Keller was recognized as the Best Player of the Game for the U.S. ... Team USA outshot Sweden, 40-23 ... The U.S. went 1-for-6 on the power play while killing off five of six Swedish advantages ... The roster is made up entirely of members of the 2015-16 U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program based in Plymouth, Michigan. A complete United States roster can be found here ... Team USA is competing against teams from the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland in the tournament ... Traditionally, the November international event is a Four Nations Tournament, an event the U.S. has won seven of the last eight times ... The official tournament website can be found here ... Follow @USAHockeyNTDP and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for tournament updates and join the conversation on social media by using the #5NationsU18 tag.