Photo by Rena Laverty
PLYMOUTH, Mich. — The U.S. National Under-17 Team picked up at least one point for the fourth time in its past five games but dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Chicago Steel on Monday afternoon at USA Hockey Arena.
Ty Smilanic (Elizabeth, Colo.) opened scoring for the U17s at the 11 minute, 5 second mark of the first period after Jake Sanderson (Whitefish, Mont.) forced a turnover in the offensive zone. Smilanic corralled the loose puck in front of Steel goaltender Reilly Herbst and finished in tight for his team-leading 15th goal of the season.
A strong first-period effort from Aidan Campbell (Cranberry Twp., Penn.) helped Team USA maintain its 1-0 lead into the break.
The U17s doubled their lead in the second frame when Luke Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) found the back of the net on the power play. Amid a scramble in front of the net, Tuch collected the puck outside of the crease and banked it in for his ninth goal of the season.
However, a pair of Steel goals in the back half of the frame leveled the score after 40 minutes.
Thomas Bordeleau (Houston, Texas) restored the one-goal lead for Team USA when he slipped behind the defense on a short-handed rush and elevated the go-ahead tally past Herbst. Chase Yoder (Fairview, Texas) earned the lone assist on the play.
The short-handed effort marked Bordeleau's 10th of the season, which ranks second only to Smilanic's team-best 15 goals.
Robert Mastrosimone, who suited up for four games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team in November, found the equalizer for the Steel with 6:38 to play.
Chicago's Gunnarwolfe Fontaine scored the game-winner in overtime with a wrist shot from the right circle.
Campbell, in his first start with the NTDP, stopped 21 of 25 shots in the loss.
The U17s return to the ice Saturday when the Central Illinois Flying Aces visit USA Hockey Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. ET. Tickets are available at USAHockeyNTDP.com/Tix.
NOTES: Team USA outshot Chicago by a 29-25 margin ... The U17s went 1-for-3 on the power play and killed off both penalties it faced ... Ty Smilanic earned the No. 3 Star of the Game.