It will be a busy Thanksgiving week for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. The U.S. National Under-18 Team will play three games, including two at USA Hockey Arena, while the U.S. National Under-17 Team hosts a charity game before going on the road for a single road United States Hockey League contest.
THREE IN FIVE: The U18s will play three games in a five-day span, starting with a home game against Adrian College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. They then travel to Youngstown to play the Phantoms on Friday before coming home to host the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The U18s split a pair of USHL road contests over the weekend, falling 1-0 to Omaha on Friday before rebounding with a 5-2 win at Des Moines Saturday.
Goalie Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.) earned the starting nod against Omaha and finished with 15 saves.
Five players — Nick Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla.), Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.), Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.), Will Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.) — scored goals against Des Moines. Goalie Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) saved 28 of 30 shots.
CHARITY GAME: The U17s host the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a charity game before picking up their USHL schedule Friday when they go on the road to face the Bloomington Thunder.
Proceeds from ticket sales on Tuesday will help benefit the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band and their bid to participate in the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 1, 2016.
The U17s dropped a pair of games to the Fargo Force this weekend, falling 5-4 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday.
In Friday’s game, Michael Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla.), Brady Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.), Sean Dhooghe (Aurora, Ill.) and Logan Hutsko (North Caldwell, N.J.) tallied the goals. Goalie Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) finished with 31 stops.
Tkachuk and Joey Cassetti (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored on Saturday while Adam Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio) and St. Cry combined for 33 saves.
“It is a work in progress for our team,” U17 coach Don Granato said. “It’s been a learning experience for our players in each game, and we learn lessons with each game. The big thing is that we need to be ready to play each and every night. It is something that we will continue to work on as a team.”
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