The U.S. National Under-18 Team defeated the Tri-City Storm 4-2 Friday night at USA Hockey Arena.
Joey Cassetti (Pleasanton, Calif.) opened the scoring for the U18s at the 6:14 mark of the first period sending David Farrance’s (Victor, N.Y.) centering pass over the shoulder of Tri-City Storm goaltender Dayton Rasmussen. Tyler Inamoto (Barrington, Ill.) also picked up an assist on the play.
Team USA’s goaltender, Adam Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio) robbed the Storm of the tying goal with 52 seconds left in the first with a stretching glove save on a 2-on-1.
The U18s added to their lead at the 1:19 mark of the second period after Quinn Hughes’ (Orlando, Fla.) shot from just inside the blue line was redirected by Grant Mismash (Edina, Minn.) on the power play.
Tri-City cut the lead to one on the power play at the 9:04 mark of the third period.
Sean Dhooghe (Aurora, Ill.) regained the two-goal lead and the win netting a backhanded shot blocker side while on the penalty kill at the 10:36 mark of the third period. Tommy Miller (West Bloomfield, Mich.) picked up the lone assist on the play.
Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn.) added an empty-net goal at the 18:13 mark of the third period. Mismash and Hughes picked up assists and their second points of the night.
The Storm netted a goal with 27 seconds left to make the final 4-2.
Scheel ended the night with 16 saves. Tri-City goaltender, Dayton Rasmussen ended with 24 saves.
The U18s hit the road on Sunday for a 5 p.m. ET matchup with the Bloomington Thunder before heading to Sweden during the week of Feb. 11 for the 2017 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament.
The U18s return to home action at USA Hockey Arena Friday, February 24, against Arizona State. Tickets for all home NTDP games can be found at USAHockeyNTDP.com/Tix.