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Under-17 Team Falls to Russia, 5-3, at Five Nations

By USA Hockey's NTDP, 02/13/16, 10:45PM EST


Reilly Walsh Tallies Two Goals; USA Finishes Event in Third Place

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Reilly Walsh (Andover, N.H.) tallied two goals but the U.S. National Under-17 Team was clipped by Russia, 5-3, here tonight at USA Hockey Arena. The United States completes 2016 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament play with a 2-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record to place third in the event.

The opening frame was scoreless through the first half before Russia lit the lamp at 13:36. Less than four minutes later, Walsh snapped the equalizer past Russian goaltender Maxim Zhukov. Brady Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.)  and Nate Knoepke (Farmington, Mich.) recorded assists on the power-play tally.

Russia scored the lone goal of the second stanza just 2:57 into the frame to retake the lead, 2-1. The U.S. outshot its opponent 17-7 in an attempt to tie the game, but Zhukov would not allow the equalizer. 

On an odd-man rush during the final period of the contest, Russia added a third tally less than five minutes into the session. Walsh’s second marker of the night pulled the U.S. within a goal when he fired a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle at 13:24. David Farrance (Victor, N.Y.) knotted the game, 3-3, just over one minute later off a feed out of the left corner from Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn.). The Russians potted the eventual game winner at 17:15 and added an empty-net score to seal the victory, 5-3.

Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) stopped 18 shots in the loss for Team USA, while Zhukov kicked out 36 shots in the victory for Russia.

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Czech Republic Edges Sweden, 4-3, in Shootout Win

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The Czech Republic edged Sweden, 4-3, in a shootout here this afternoon at USA Hockey Arena in 2016 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament action. Both teams complete their portions of the tournament; the Czech Republic finished with an 0-2-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record, while Sweden finished 0-0-1-3.

On the first shot of the game, the Czech Republic’s Matyas Svoboda beat Swedish goalie Olle Eriksson Ek to stake a 1-0 lead. Dalimil Mikyska and Jan Kern were awarded assists on the marker. Less than a minute later, Ostap Safin doubled the Czech’s lead with an unassisted goal. Sweden got on the board at 12:40 with an unassisted tally from Anton Johansson, ending the stanza, 2-1, in the Czech Republic’s favor.

The middle period was a scoreless session, with Czech goaltender Jakub Skarek stopping 10-of-10 shots faced and Eriksson Ek turning aside all six Czech chances.

At 4:10 of the final frame, Sweden’s Max Wennlund beat Skarek to tie the game at two. Fabian Zetterlund recorded an assist on the play. The Czech Republic reclaimed the lead with a goal from Filip Kral past the midway point of the period. With a minute remaining, Sweden’s Max Tjernstrom tied the game at three to send the contest to overtime.

Sweden outshot Czech Republic, 2-0, but the extra session ended scoreless, sending the tilt to a shootout. Jan Hladonik scored in the fifth round to give the Czechs the 3-2 victory.

Skarek stopped 39-of-42 shots faced in the game, including all five Swedish shootout attempts.

The Czechs place fourth at the 2016 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament, finishing with five points. Sweden ended the tournament in fifth place.