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U18s Defeats Youngstown 7-1

By, 01/15/18, 4:30PM EST


Hughes records 5 assists as the U18s defeat Youngstown

USA Hockey National Team Development Program

Photo by Rena Laverty

1.) Oliver Wahlstrom (USA)

2.) Jake Gingell (YNG)

3.) Mike Regush (YNG)

Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) led the U.S. National Under-18 team to victory against the Youngstown Phantoms with five assists on Monday afternoon at the Covelli Centre. Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass.) and Joel Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) posted three-point nights with two goals and an assist for both.

With the win, the U18s are 17-12-0-3 (W-L-OTL-SOL) overall and 9-2-0-0 in USHL regular season play this year.

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Wahlstrom struck at 1:03 in the first period with a wrist shot to finish off a tic-tac-toe passing play to get Team USA on the board, 1-0. Hughes assisted on the goal.

Ty Emberson (Eau Claire, Wis.) added to the U18s lead at 8:24 in the first. Hughes and Farabee assisted on the goal.

Youngstown got one back at the beginning of the second to make it 2-1.

Wahlstrom scored at 8:09 in the second. He managed to keep the puck in the zone with a behind the back pass to Hughes who fed the puck back to Wahlstrom as he drove the net and scored to make it 3-1.

At 14:14 in the second, Wahlstrom took a slap shot from the point and Farabee tipped the rebound past the goaltender. Hughes also assisted on the goal.  

Farabee scored his second of the game at 19:42 of the second to make it 5-1. He was assisted by Jake Wise (Reading, Mass.) and Hughes.

Jake Pivonka (Naperville, Ill.) scored eleven seconds later after Gavin Hain (Grand Rapids, Minn.) outworked three Youngstown players to put a shot on net that Pivonka tipped in to make it 6-1.

Jack DeBoer (Madison, N.J.) wrapped up the scoring for Team USA by putting it in the net at 16:34 in the third.

Drew DeRidder (Fenton, Mich.) made 24 saves on the night to keep his USHL record a perfect 7-0-0-0 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

This afternoon, Team USA scored on two of their five power-play chances. They were perfect on the penalty kill.

The U18s next play on Friday, Jan. 18 in Cedar Rapids.


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