In a reverse from last week, the U.S. National Under-17 Team will play a single game this week while the U18s have a bye as both teams begin preparation for international play.
FIVE NATIONS PREP: The U17s continue their final preparations for the 2016 Five Nations Tournament, which runs Feb. 9-13 at USA Hockey Arena. Joining Team USA are the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.
The U17s host the Czech Republic in a pre-tournament game at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
“We are looking forward to a good week of practice as we are excited to host the Five Nations Tournament,” U17 coach Don Granato said. “It’s always nice to go back and play against our own age group. We are looking to play with consistency and focus and to give 100 percent on each shift.”
The U17s haven’t played a game since Jan. 23.
PRACTICE WEEK: The U18s will get four days of practice at USA Hockey Arena before heading to Rauma, Finland, for the U18 Five Nations Tournament, which runs Feb. 11-14. Prior to the tournament, the U18s play a pre-tournament game against host Finland on Monday, Feb. 8.
“This trip is another good measuring stick for our players,” U18 coach Danton Cole said. “It will be good to see where we are as a team; we want to see the guys play the right way and compete on both sides of the puck.”
The U18s swept a two-game set with Green Bay over the weekend, posting a 4-3 overtime win on Friday and a 3-2 victory on Saturday.
Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.) scored two goals, including the overtime winner, on Friday. Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) also scored twice in the win, while goalie Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) kicked out 26 shots.
Bellows scored two more goals, including another game winner, on Saturday. Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.) recorded the other goal. Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.) finished with 19 stops between the pipes.
Tickets are still available for the 2016 U17 Five Nations Tournament, which will be held Feb. 9-13 at USA Hockey Arena. For more information and ticket prices, click here.
University of Minnesota forward Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn./2011-13) earned Big Ten Conference Second Star Honors on Jan. 27. Fasching scored two goals, including a game winner, and added three assists in Minnesota’s two-game sweep of Ohio State University.
Harvard University forward Michael Floodstrand (Hinsdale, Ill./2013-15) was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 26. He recorded his first career multi-point game with a goal and an assist over Cornell University.
Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./2008-10) was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week on Jan. 26. Campbell backstopped the Idaho Steelheads to a 2-0 record with a shutout, a 0.50 goals-against average and a save percentage of .986.
Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich./2012-14) set the record for the fastest skater at the NHL Skills Competition on Jan. 30. Larkin clocked in at 13.172 seconds for a full rink lap, breaking Mike Gartner's record of 13.386 set in 1996. Here’s the video.
The U17s carry a 13-19-5 (W-L-OTL) overall record into the Five Nations Tournament, including a 7-3 record versus international competition.
Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn./15-26) leads the U17s with 41 points in 37 games. Grant Mismash (Edina, Minn./16-16) is second with 32 points. Evan Barratt (Bristol, Pa./12-19) is third with 31 points. Jacob Tortora (Victor, N.Y./13-11) and Josh Norris (Oxford, Mich./11-12) round out the top five with 24 and 23 points, respectively.
In goal, Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) and Adam Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio) split time for the U17s. St. Cyr is 8-10-2 with a 3.76 GAA and an .877 save percentage. Scheel is 5-9-3 with a 4.42 GAA and an .877 save percentage.
The U18s carry a 29-8-3-1 (W-L-OTL-T) mark into the bye week.
Clayton Keller (27-49) continues to pace the U18s with 76 points in 39 games. Kieffer Bellows (32-22) ranks second with 54 points, while Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y./7-35) is third with 42 points. Rounding out the top five are Joey Anderson (17-20) and Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo./14-14) with 37 and 28 points, respectively.
Jake Oettinger and Joseph Woll split time in net for the U18s. Oettinger is 17-6 with a 2.66 GAA and a .902 save percentage. Woll is 12-2-3-1 with a 2.11 GAA and a .921 save percentage.
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