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Wolverines, Spartans on Tap for Under-18 Squad

By Becky Olsen, 01/19/16, 11:45AM EST


U17s Play Two-Game USHL Series Against the Madison Capitals

It will be a quiet week in Plymouth, Michigan, as both the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams are on the road. The U17s play a pair of United States Hockey League games while the U18s play two college contests.

MICHIGAN RIVALS: The U18s head to Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor to face the University of Michigan on Thursday before facing Michigan State University on Saturday in East Lansing. Thursday's game can be watched online at MGoBlueTV while Saturday's contest is available at

The U18s split a two-game road series with the Waterloo Blackhawks over the weekend, falling 4-3 in overtime on Friday before responding with a 5-1 win on Saturday. The squad played a Monday matinee against the Youngstown Phantoms.

Graham McPhee (Bethesda, Md.) scored two goals on Friday while Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn.) had one. Goalie Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.) stopped 29 shots.

The next night, Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) tallied a pair of goals while goalie Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) kicked out 31 of 32 shots. Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.), Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.) and McPhee also scored.

OFF TO MADISON: The U17s head to Madison to face the Capitals on Friday and Saturday in USHL play.

The U17s split a pair of USHL home games over the weekend, winning 6-4 against Muskegon on Friday before losing 5-1 to Bloomington on Saturday. They are in Muskegon for a rematch Monday.

Sean Dhooghe (Aurora, Ill.) and Grant Mismash (Edina, Minn.) each had a pair of goals in the come-from-behind win over Muskegon. Jacob Tortora (Victor, N.Y.) and Randy Hernandez (Miami, Fla.) also scored. Goalie Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) finished with 24 saves.

Against Bloomington, Logan Cockerill (Brighton, Mich.) had the lone tally while goalie Adam Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio) kicked out 33 shots.

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  • Former National Team Development Program and current Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey (Bolton, Conn./1997-99) played in his 800th NHL game on Jan. 15. He has played in more NHL games than any NTDP alum.
  • Former NTDP coach John Hynes (2003-09) was named an assistant coach for Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The World Cup is an eight-team tournament that begins Sept. 17 and runs until Oct. 1 in Toronto.
  • Two former NTDP players were involved in NHL trades this past week. Defenseman Jared Tinordi (Millersville, Md./2008-10) went from the Montreal Canadiens to the Phoenix Coyotes. Meanwhile, defenseman Adam Clendening (Niagara Falls, N.Y./2008-10) is headed to the Anaheim Ducks after being dealt by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass./2010-12) was named Hockey East Player of the Week on Jan. 11. Grzelcyk, BU’s captain, scored four goals, including his fist career hat trick, against UMass.
  • Boston College forward Colin White (Hanover, Mass./2013-15) earned Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors after scoring three goals and picking up an assist in a win over Providence College.
  • Forwards J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill./2011-13) and Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo./2013-15) were named Big Ten Conference First and Third Stars, respectively, on Jan. 12. Compher tallied two goals and recorded seven points in Michigan’s two-game sweep of Michigan State. Kunin tallied one goal and collected four points in the University of Wisconsin’s win over Ohio State on Jan. 9.
  • University of Denver defenseman Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis./2011-13) was selected as the National Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 4-10. Butcher scored two goals and blocked six shots in DU’s two-game sweep at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
  • The U18s will see some familiar faces this week. Michigan’s roster has six former NTDP players: Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich./2011-13), Nicholas Boka (Plymouth, Mich./2013-15), J.T. Compher, Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich./2011-13), Brendan Warren (Carleton, Mich./2013-15) and Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe, Mich./2013-14). MSU’s roster has two former players in forward Dylan Pavelek (Marysville, Mich./2012-14) and goaltender Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa./2012-14).
  • U18 coach Danton Cole and U18 assistant coach Chris Luongo were both four-year letterwinners at MSU from 1985-89, helping MSU capture the 1986 NCAA Division I national title. During his career, Cole earned the 1989 Big Ten Medal of Honor and was a three-time member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team. Luongo was team captain as a senior (1988-89) and alternate captain as a junior (1987-88).
  • U18 intern coach Tyler Walsh also has a connection to MSU. His younger brother Travis is a senior defenseman on the team. Walsh is the grandson of former MSU coach and athletic director Ron Mason, who coached both Cole and Luongo. Tyler Walsh is the son of the late Shawn Walsh, who guided the University of Maine to two national championships.
  • The U18s carry a 25-7-1-1 (W-L-OTL-T) mark into this week’s action.
  • Clayton Keller (23-45) continues to pace the U18s with 68 points in 34 games. Kieffer Bellows (27-19) is second with 46 points, while Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y./6-31) is third with 37 points. Joey Anderson (15-15) and Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo./14-14) round out the top five with 30 and 28 points, respectively.
  • Jake Oettinger and Joseph Woll split time in net for the U18s. Oettinger is 16-5 with a 2.54 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. Woll is 10-2-2-1 with a 2.08 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
  • The U17s carry a 13-17-4 (W-L-OTL) overall record into this week.
  • Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn./14-25) leads the U17s with 39 points in 34 games. Evan Barratt (Bristol, Pa./11-19) ranks second with 30 points, while Grant Mismash (15-14) is third with 29 points. Josh Norris (Oxford, Mich./11-12) sits fourth with 23 points and Jacob Tortora (Victor, N.Y./12-10) is fifth with 22 points.
  • In goal for the U17s, Dylan St. Cyr and Adam Scheel split time. St. Cyr is 8-10-2 with a 3.76 GAA and an .877 save percentage. Scheel is 5-7-2 with a 4.24 GAA and an .883 save percentage.

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