The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams will hit the road this weekend for a combined three United States Hockey League games.
TO YOUNGSTOWN: After losing 2-1 to the Youngstown Phantoms at home on Sunday, the U18s travel to Ohio to face them again on Saturday at the Covelli Centre.
“We should be able to get a good week of practice and time in the weight room,” U18 coach Danton Cole said. “We have two games left in the USHL season, so we want to focus on doing the little things right.”
Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) scored the lone goal while Joseph Woll (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) finished with 26 stops in Sunday’s loss.
LONG TRIP AHEAD: The U17s have a long, two-game road trip ahead, with 416 miles between games. On Friday, they face the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in Iowa, and then they travel back to Michigan to play the Muskegon Lumberjacks the next night.
“We are constantly working to get better; that is the goal of this program,” U17 coach Don Granato said. “We want to make sure that we play our game and work hard, and hopefully, we will continue to have success. We need to play with that same type of energy and intensity.”
The U17s posted a 5-3 win over Sioux Falls on Friday. David Farrance (Victor, N.Y.) tallied a pair of goals and goalie Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) kicked out 26 of 29 shots in the win. Logan Cockerill (Brighton, Mich.), Keenan Suthers (Macomb, Mich.) and Logan Hutsko (North Caldwell, N.J.) also scored.
“Our team played very hard and they deserved to get the win,” Granato said. “I’m really happy for our players. They took to heart what we discussed in practice this week and put it into play, and we came out with a win.”
Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns (Wampum, Pa./2008-10) recorded his first NHL goal on March 17 in a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay. Click here for the video.
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich./2007-09) played in his 400th NHL game on March 14, while St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, N.Y./2005-07) played in his 400th NHL game on March 16.
Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane reached the 90-point milestone (38 goals, 52 assists) for the first time in his career.
Three former NTDP players — University of Michigan forwards Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich./2011-13) and J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill./2011-13), and Boston College goaltender Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./2012-13) — were among the 10 finalists for the 2016 Hobey Baker Award. In addition, Demko is one of five finalists for the 2016 Mike Richter Award.
Boston College forward Colin White (Hanover, Mass./2013-15) and defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass./2013-15), along with Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y./2013-15), were selected to the 2015-16 Hockey East All-Rookie team.
The Big Ten Conference handed out its awards, and several NTDP players earned honors. Michigan forwards J.T. Compher and Tyler Motte and defenseman Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe, Mich./2013-14) were named to the All-Big Ten First Team, while University of Minnesota forward Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn./2011-13) earned Second Team accolades. University of Wisconsin forward Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo./2013-15) was selected to the All-Freshman squad. In addition, Werenski earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The U18s carry a 36-12-4-1 (W-L-OTL-T) record into this week’s play.
Clayton Keller (29-56) leads the U18s with 85 points, while Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn./40-28) is second with 68 points. Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y./8-39) is third with 47 points. Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn./20-23) and Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo./16-15) round out the top five with 43 and 31 points, respectively.
Goalies Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) and Joseph Woll split time for the U18s. Oettinger is 20-7-1-0 with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage. Woll is 16-5-3-1 with a 2.24 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
The U17s have an 18-26-8 (W-L-OTL) overall record.
Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn./19-31) leads the U17s with 50 points, while Grant Mismash (Edina, Minn./21-21) is second with 42 points. Evan Barratt (Bristol, Pa./14-25) is third with 39 points. Sean Dhooghe (Aurora, Ill./20-10) and Jacob Tortora (Victor, N.Y./15-15) are tied for fourth with 30 points apiece.
Goalies Dylan St. Cyr and Adam Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio) split time for the U17s. St. Cyr is 13-13-4 with a 3.29 GAA and an .886 save percentage. Scheel is 5-13-4 with a 4.27 GAA and an .879 save percentage.