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GAME DAY: U17s Meet Canada White Again in Semifinal Game

By, 11/10/17, 12:00PM EST


The U17s will face-off against Canada White again in its World U17 Challenge semifinal game Friday.

Photo Credit: Matthew Murnaghan / Hockey Canada Images


The U.S. National Under-17 Team will face Canada White in tonight's semifinal game at 7 p.m. MST/ 9 p.m. ET. 

The U.S. defeated Canada White 4-3 in overtime earlier in the tournament. Canada White comes into the semifinal with a 2-1-1 record after defeating Finland, 5-1 in its quarterfinal game. The U.S. is 4-0-0 in the tournament after defeating Sweden last night 5-1. 


The U.S. defeated Sweden 5-1 in its quarter-final match-up yesterday afternoon. 

Cole Caufield (Stevens Points, Wis.), Jack Hughes, and Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.) all each netted a goal and recorded an assist in the win. Patrick Moynihan (Millis, Mass.) and Sean Farrell (Hopkinton, Mass.) also netted goals. Cameron Rowe (Wilmette, Ill.) finished that game with 30 saves. 


The U.S. National Under-17 Team scored four third period goals, to defeat Canada Black last tonight, 5-4 in its last preliminary game of the World Under-17 Challenge.

Matthew Boldy (Millis, Mass.), Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.), Judd Caulfied (Grand Forks, N.D.) all netted one in the win while Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.) netted two. 

With the win, Team USA won Group A with eight points. 


The U.S. National Under-17 Team came back to defeat Canada White Monday night (Nov. 6) 4-3 in overtime. 

Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.), Cam York (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) all scored in regulation to tie the game 3-3. Trevor Zegras (Bedford, N.Y.) had the game-winner at 2:45 of overtime to give Team USA the win. 


The U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated the Czech Republic Sunday (Nov. 5), 5-2 in its opening game of the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) led Team USA with 2 goals. Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.), Danny Weight (Lattington, N.Y.), and Patrick Moynihan (Millis, Mass.) also netted goals in the win. 

Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn.) stood tall in net for the U.S. collecting 18 saves. 


The U.S. defeated Canada Red, 9-1 Thursday night in its exhibition game. Matthew Boldy (Millis, Mass.), Judd Caulfield (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.) all netted two goals in the win. Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) led Team USA with five points (1-4). Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn.) and Cameron Rowe (Wilmette, Ill.) split time in net combining for 23 saves. 

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Team USA has competed at the World U17 Hockey Challenge on 24 previous occasions, including the Quebec Cup in 1990 and the Quebec Esso Cup in 1986. Combined, the U.S. has a 83-7-5-34-7 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record, good for first in the all-time event standings.

Team USA has finished in the top three 14 times; first place in January 2014, 2010, 2002 and 2001; second place in November 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2006, 1998 and 1996. Last year the U.S. finished in fifth place. 

The U.S. Under-17 Team (2001 birth year) enters the 2017 World Under-17 Challenge with an 8-1-0-0 overall record. In last year’s tournament the 2000s went 2-1-0-3 during its 2016 run in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The U17s finished fifth while earning victories over the Czech Republic, Canada White and Canada Red. 

Joel Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) and Bode Wilde (Birmingham, Mich.) led the U17s offensively as Farabee collected four goals, two assists and six points in five games and Wilde recorded two goals, four assists and six points in five games. Keegan Karki (Sartell, Minn./Muskegon Lumberjacks) was between the pipes for all five games for the U17s collecting a 2.28 goals-against-average and a .894 save-percentage with a 3-2-0 record. The U17s have won the World Under-17 Challenge four times since 2001, last winning victory coming in 2014. During that tournament, the U.S. Under-17 Team went 6-0-0-0 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The U17s overall record when competing in British Columbia is 8-0-2-1.


Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) will serve as captain of the Under-17 Team during the 2017 World Under-17 Challenge while Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.) Case McCarthy (Clarence Center, N.Y.) and Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.) will serve as assistant captains. 


John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.) will lead the U.S. in the event for the first time. Joining Wroblewski will be assistant coach Greg Moore (Lisbon, Maine), goaltending coach Thomas Speer (Janesville, Wis.) and intern assistant coach Kevin Lind (Homer Glen, Ill.). Moore was a member of the 2001 U.S. Under-17 World Hockey Challenge team that took first place.


This tournament  will be all 22-members' first international experience. The Under-17 Team will also compete in the Under-17 Four Nations tournament in Velikey Novgorod, Russia and the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Finland in February. 


Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.) and Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) both currently sit in the top ten in points in the USHL. Both are members of the Under-17 Team. 

Caufield currently leads the U17s with 19 goals in 14 games this season. Caufield has scored two goals in seven of 13 games. He is also second on the team with 27 points and tied for first in shots (31). Hughes is leading the U17s with 30 points in 14 games played and is averaging 2.50 points-per-game in four USHL games this season. His ten USHL points have him tied for first overall in the league. Hughes has six goals and nine assists in the last six games played after recording a goal and two assists in Team USA's win yesterday.


The U.S. National Under-17 Team currently has five of the top ten rookies points leaders in the USHL. Hughes leads rookies with his 10 points (3-7-10) followed by Caufield with nine (7-2-9). 

Also on the list with five points through four games are: Michael Gildon (Plano, Texas) (4-1-5), Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.) (2-3-5), and Matthew Boldy (Millis, Mass.) (1-4-5). 


Clayton Keller (2014-16) is paving the way for NTDP alumni NHL rookies in his first season with the Arizona Coyotes. He currently leads all rookies in points with 15 (9-6-15) in 14 games. Keller was named NHL Rookie of the Month for October. 

Fellow NTDP alum Will Butcher (2011-13) is close behind with 12 points (0-12-12) in 12 games with the New Jersey Devils. 

Auston Matthews (2013-15/ Toronto Maple Leafs) is currently third in overall points leaders with 18 (10-8-18)in 14 games played and is tied for third place overall in goals with Alex Ovechkin with 10. He sits at number one overall in plus/ minus with +14. 


Twenty of the 23 players on the Under-17 Team are currently committed to NCAA Division i college hockey programs. Thirteen of the 20 committed will be making their way to Boston after they graduate from the NTDP. Boston College leads the way with seven commitments followed by Boston University with three and Harvard University also with three commitments. The University of Wisconsin has two recruits while Quinnipiac University, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of North Dakota, and University of Notre Dame each with one recruit apiece.

U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Round Time (Local/ET) Location
Sun., Nov. 5 Czech Republic Preliminary 7 p.m./9 p.m. Encana Events Centre
Dawson Creek, B.C.
Mon., Nov. 6 Canada White Preliminary 2:30 p.m./4:30 p.m. Encana Events Centre
Dawson Creek, B.C.
Tues., Nov. 7 Canada Black Preliminary 7 p.m./9 p.m. Encana Events Centre
Dawson Creek, B.C.
Thurs., Nov. 9 TBD Quarterfinals TBD TBD
Fri., Nov. 10 TBD Semifinals TBD TBD
Sat., Nov. 11 TBD Championship & Third-Place Games TBD Encana Events Centre
Dawson Creek, B.C.

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