PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) made 34 saves and Sean Dhooghe (Aurora, Ill.) scored two goals as the U.S. National Under-17 Team trumped Finland, 5-2, tonight at USA Hockey Arena. With the win, Team USA improves to 1-0-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the 2016 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.
In the first stanza, Grant Mismash (Edina, Minn.) fed Brady Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.) up the right wing for a short-side goal to open scoring at 2:14. St. Cyr picked up the secondary assist and turned aside all nine shots he faced in the period to help preserve the U.S. advantage.
Finland answered at 7:32 of the middle frame on the power play, but Team USA responded with back-to-back markers just over one minute apart. First, Dhooghe ripped a top-shelf shot over Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen's left shoulder for the second United States tally. Evan Barratt (Bristol, Pa.) and Phil Kemp (Greenwich, Conn.) assisted on the shorthanded, go-ahead goal. From the defensive blue line, Josh Maniscalco (Perkiomenville, Pa.) sprung Mismash who lit the lamp off the ensuing breakaway at 10:30 to push the U.S. lead to two scores.
In the final period, with USA on the power play, David Farrance (Victor, N.Y.) wired a shot from the top of the slot for the fourth U.S. goal at 4:53. Finland pulled back within two goals midway through the frame, but a shorthanded, empty-net strike for Dhooghe, his second on the night, iced the victory for the United States.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team returns to the ice on Friday (Feb. 12) versus Sweden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at USA Hockey Arena and live streaming is available via FASTHockey.com.
PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Iaroslav Alekseev scored one goal and added two assists as Russia held on for a 5-3 win over Sweden here today at USA Hockey Arena. Russia improves to 1-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the 2016 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament, while Sweden drops its first game of the event.
Russia opened the scoring at 9:17 of the first frame with a goal off the stick of Klim Kostin. Iaroslav Alekseev and Aleksander Alexseev collected assists on the play. The Russians doubled their lead at 17:32 when Iaroslav Alekseev converted on a Swedish turnover. Ivan Kozlov received the goal's lone helper. Sweden managed nine shots in the period, but Russian netminder Maxim Zhukov kept the puck out of the net.
Sweden responded with three straight tallies in the second stanza to take the lead, 3-2. Fabian Zetterlund's 5-on-3 marker midway through the period put the Swedes on the board. Tom Hedberg and Tobias Ahstrom assisted. Goals just 1:01 apart by Jakob Ringsby and Max Wennlund helped propel Sweden to a one-goal lead, but Russia's Kirill Maximov quickly answered to knot the game, 3-3, with 37 seconds left in the second.
A power-play tally by Dmitri Samorukov with just over a minute remaining in the contest pushed Russia back on top, 4-3. An empty-net score iced the game for the Russians, 5-3. Mikhail Bitsadze potted the goal.
Zhukov stopped 24-of-27 shots against in the victory for Russia. Sweden's Olle Eriksson Ek turned away 22 shots in the loss.
Sweden next faces Finland tomorrow (Feb. 11) at 3:30 p.m., while Russia takes on the Czech Republic at 7 p.m.