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GAME DAY: U17s Meet Canada Red in Championship Game

By, 11/11/17, 11:45AM EST


The U17s will face Canada Red in the Championship game of the 2017 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

Photo Credit: Matthew Murnaghan / Hockey Canada Images


The U.S. National Under-17 Team will face Canada Red in the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Championship game Saturday night (Nov. 11) at 7 p.m. MT/ 9 p.m. ET.

The U.S. defeated Canada Red, 9-1 Thursday (Nov. 2) 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). 

The U.S. and Canada Red have met two previous times at the World U17 Hockey Challenge. The most recent was on Oct. 27, 2016 where the U.S. fell 3-1, with the lone U.S. coming from current Under-18 Team player, Jonathan Gruden (Rochester, Mich.). The first meeting took place Nov. 4, 2014 and resulted in a 7-3 Team USA victory. Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill./Phoenix Coyotes) recorded a hat trick and one assist and Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo./Boston College) made 30 saves in the win.


Owen Lindmark (Naperville, Ill.),  Trevor Zegras (Bedford, N.Y), Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.), John Beecher (Elmira, N.Y.), Judd Caulfield (Grand Forks, N.D.), Sean Farrell (Hopkinton, Mass.), Drew Helleson (Farmington, Minn.) all scored and Matthew Boldy (Millis, Mass.) netted two in the win. 


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 last night, 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. 


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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 20 goals in 15 games this season. Caufield has scored two goals in seven of 13 games. He is also second on the team with 28 points and tied for first in shots (31). Hughes is leading the U17s with 33 points in 15 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. 


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). 

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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