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Under-18 Team skates past France in pre-tournament matchup

By TeamUSA.USAHockey.com, 04/15/18, 2:45PM EDT

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17 skaters record a point in the 15-0 pre-tournament exhibition victory

CHELYABINSK, Russia - The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team defeated France 15-0 in an pre-tournament exhibition match on Sunday evening at Traktor Ice Arena.

Seventeen different skaters recorded at least one point in the first matchup between the two countries at the Under-18 level.

“In the second and third period I thought we played honest hard hockey and we did the things we needed to do to match up with the elite teams in this tournament,” said U.S. head coach Seth Appert (Cottage Grove, Minn.).

Jonathan Gruden (Rochester, Mich.) (3-2-5) and Gavin Hain (Grand Rapids, Minn.) (3-0-0) each recorded hat-tricks while  Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla) (1-3-4) and Joel Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) (2-2-4) recorded four points nights.

Team USA goaltenders Drew DeRidder (Fenton, Mich.), Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn.) and Jonathan Mor (Highland Park, Ill.) split time in net for the combined shutout.

At the conclusion of regulation, the two teams played a simulated overtime period and shootout. Neither team recorded a goal in overtime but Hughes, Farabee, Wahlstrom scored in the shootout while Mor stopped all five shots he faced.

Team USA opens preliminary round play on Thursday in a 7:30 p.m. local (10:30 a..m. ET) matchup with Canada.

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U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Round Time (Local/ET)/Results Location Television
Sun., April 15 France Exhibition W, 15-0 Traktor Ice Rink
Chelyabinsk, Russia
NHL Network
Thurs., April 19 Canada Preliminary L, 4-6 Metallurg Ice Rink
Magnitogorsk, Russia
NHL Network
Fri., April 20 Switzerland Preliminary 3:30 p.m./6:30 a.m. Metallurg Ice Rink
Magnitogorsk, Russia
NHL Network
Sun., April 22 Sweden Preliminary 3:30 p.m./6:30 a.m. Metallurg Ice Rink
Magnitogorsk, Russia
NHL Network
Tues., April 24 Belarus Preliminary 3:30 p.m./6:30 a.m. Metallurg Ice Rink
Magnitogorsk, Russia
NHL Network
Thurs., April 26 TBD Quarterfinals TBD TBD NHL Network
Sat., April 28 TBD Semifinals TBD Traktor Ice Rink
Chelyabinsk, Russia
NHL Network
Sun., April 29 TBD Gold/Bronze-Medal Games TBD Traktor Ice Rink
Chelyabinsk, Russia
NHL Network

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