The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team continues play at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Team USA won all three of its round-robin games so far and closes out the first round Tuesday against Switzerland. The playoffs begin with the quarterfinals on Thursday, followed by the semifinals on Saturday and medal games on Sunday.
The U18s opened with an 8-2 win over Russia on Thursday. Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash.) and Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) each scored two goals to pace the offense. James Sanchez (Northbrook, Ill.), Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.), Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.) and Logan Brown (Raleigh, N.C.) also scored. Goalie Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) made 19 saves.
Team USA followed their opening contest victory by posting a 6-1 win over Sweden. Casey Mittlestadt (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Bellows, Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn.), J.D. Greenway (Potsdam, N.Y.), Keeghan Howdeshell (Brighton, Mich.) and Anderson all scored. Goalie Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.) had 34 saves.
Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo.) scored a hat trick and Oettinger stopped 22 shots to help lead Team USA to a 12-1 win over Latvia on Sunday. Yamamoto also tallied a pair of goals while Sanchez, Anderson, Zach Walker (Boise, Idaho), Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.), Nick Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla.), Keller and Bellows had single tallies.
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