PRINCETON, N.J. - Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.) scored two goals and Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) stopped 18 of 19 shots against as the U.S. National Under-18 Team charged past Princeton University, 4-1, Saturday night (Dec. 12) at Hobey Baker Rink.
Team USA and the Tigers skated to a scoreless opening frame with the Under-18 Team outshooting its opponent, 9-6.
Bellows struck early, just 24 seconds into the second stanza, to stake the lead for the U.S. Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) and Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.) registered assists on the power-play marker. Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo.) doubled the lead for Team USA 1:17 later off feeds from Will Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and James Sanchez (Northbrook, Ill.).
The second goal on the night for Bellows stretched the U18 lead to three goals at 5:59 of the final frame. Keller earned his second assist on the evening while Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.) picked up the secondary helper. Midway through the period Princeton found the board but a late empty-net goal by Keenan Suthers (Macomb, Mich.) sealed the U.S. win, 4-1. Patrick Khodorenko (Walnut Creek, Calif.) collected the goal's lone assist.
ASTON, Pa. - Fourteen players recorded at least one point, while five others had multiple-point efforts as the U.S. National Under-18 Team downed Neumann University, 9-1, Sunday evening (Dec. 13) at IceWorks Skating Complex. With the win, the U18s swept the weekend against collegiate competition.
Nick Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla.) opened the scoring for Team USA at 6:43 of the first frame. Keenan Suthers and Zach Walker (Boise, Idaho) assisted. The U.S. doubled its lead off the stick of Kieffer Bellows before J.D. Greenway (Potsdam, N.Y.) pushed the advantage to three scores with 41 seconds remaining in the period.
Clayton Keller notched a goal on a delayed penalty call at the 11:00 mark of the second stanza to send the U.S. up, 4-0. The lead climbed to five when Will Lockwood lit the lamp 3:16 later. The lone marker by the Knights came one minute after Lockwood's goal, closing out second-period scoring.
Team USA hit the back of net four times and netminder Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.) turned aside all 12 Neumann shots in the third frame to pull away from the Knights. Goals came from Bellows, R.J. Murphy (Needham, Mass.), Patrick Khodorenko and James Sanchez.