Photo by Rena Laverty
PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Owen Lindmark (Naperville, Ill.) and Matthew Boldy (Millis, Mass.) scored twice in the U18's 5-1 victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Dec. 19 at USA Hockey Arena.
The U18’s record improves to 19-7-2-0 overall and 9-9-1-2 in USHL play, while Muskegon’s overall record is now 20-5-1-0.
At 8:18 of the first period, Lindmark opened scoring for the U18s with a power-play goal, tipping Cam York’s (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) shot from the point.
With 5:57 remaining in the period, Lindmark scored his second goal of the game, short handed and unassisted, giving Team USA a two-goal lead at the end of the first frame.
The U18s tallied two additional goals in the second period to take a 4-0 lead.
Boldy struck first when he capitalized on a rebound from Drew Helleson (Farmington, Minn.), shooting the puck in from the slot with 9:21 left in the middle frame.
The fourth Team USA goal was recorded with 5:02 left in the second period when Farrell sent the puck five hole off of a rebound from Henry Thrun (Southborough, Mass.) to secure the four-goal lead.
Muskegon’s Danil Guschin scored the lone goal for the Lumberjacks with 9:35 left in the third frame, but an empty-net goal from Boldy with 2:09 to go ultimately sealed Team USA's 5-1 win.
Cameron Rowe (Wilmette, Ill.) made 31 saves in Team USA’s 5-1 victory, including a save on Lumberjack forward James McIsaac’s breakaway opportunity at 4:15 of the third period.
The U18s return to action on Dec. 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center against St. Cloud State University. The U18s return USA Hockey Arena on Jan. 1 for a 2:00 p.m. ET matchup against Holy Cross.
Tickets for all Team USA games can be purchased by visiting the USA Hockey Arena box office located at 14900 Beck Rd. in Plymouth, Michigan, by calling 743-453-8400 or by visiting USAHockeyNTDP.com/Tix.
NOTES: Team USA went 1-for-3 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill... Team USA outshot Muskegon, 37-32... Owen Lindmark earned No. 1 star of the game... Cameron Rowe earned No. 2 star of the game... Henry Thrun earned No. 3 star... Sean Farrell earned Hardest Worker.