FORT ST. JOHN, British Columbia - Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn.) potted a pair of goals but the U.S. National Under-17 Team fell, 5-4, to Finland during overtime of the fifth-place game at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Finland opened scoring just 2:07 into the first period. Team USA answered five minutes later when the Finns turned the puck over in their own zone, and Sasha Chmelevski (Huntington Beach, Calif.) picked it up for a wrist-shot from the slot. Beginning around the 12-minute mark, Finland scored three goals in 6:27 to take a 4-1 lead. Then with just 36 seconds left on the clock, Reedy picked up the first of his two goals on a cross-crease pass from Logan Hutsko (North Caldwell, N.J.) to cap period scoring.
On the power play, Quinn Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) zipped around three players in the slot and wired a wrist shot past the Finnish goaltender to pull Team USA within a goal at 17:21 of the middle frame.
In the third stanza, with less than five minutes to play, the Finns again turned the puck over. Reedy wrangled it and fed the puck to David Farrance (Victor, N.Y.), who then setup at the left point. Farrance slipped a pass to Reedy now near the middle of the left circle, and he found the back of the net to tie the game at four.
Neither team was able to convert in the final minutes of play, sending the game to a 10-minute, four-on-four overtime. At 6:32 of the extra frame, the Finns crashed the net and stuffed the puck under U.S. goaltender Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) for the win.
With the loss, the U.S. National Under-17 Team finishes 3-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L), placing sixth at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
For his two-goal performance, Scott Reedy was named U.S. Player of the Game for the second time during the World U17 Challenge. He led Team USA in tournament points with six goals and three assists … The U.S. was 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in today’s contest and finished the event with an 82.1 penalty-kill percentage … Team USA was 1-for-6 on the power play this afternoon and closed the tournament with a 21.1 power-play percentage.