skip navigation

U18s fall to Russia in final game of Five Nations Tournament

By, 02/09/19, 1:30PM EST


U18s return to action Friday (Feb. 15) at USA Hockey Arena against Sioux Falls

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. National Under-18 Team concluded the 2019 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament with a third-place finish after an 8-4 loss to Russia on Saturday at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

This is a different feeling than we've had as a group, but on occasion, one needs to be reminded how much something means to you," U.S. National Under-18 Team head coach John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.) said. "We'll use this as fuel for April [2019 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship]."

Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.) and Ryder Rolston (Birmingham, Mich.) delivered second-period goals for Team USA, but the U18s were unable to overcome a 4-0 deficit in the de facto championship game of the event.

Russia tapped in a rebound for the game’s first goal with 4 minutes, 32 seconds to play in the first frame. The host nation doubled its lead before the break and extended it to 3-0 early in the second stanza.

Turcotte put the U18s on the board with a power-play tally when he redirected a Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.) one-timer from the left circle into the back of the net. The goal marked Turcotte’s team-leading fourth of the tournament and cut the deficit to 4-1 at the time.

Rolston later scored his second of the tournament when he found space in front of the net and tapped in a rebound to make it 5-2.

Russia restored its four-goal advantage, however, with a goal early in the final frame.

Caufield and Henry Thrun (Southborough, Mass.) added goals in the final two minutes of regulation for Team USA to bring the final score to 8-4.

The U.S. National Under-18 Team closed the 2019 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament with a 2-0-2-0 record (W-OTW-L-OTL). Team USA earned wins against Finland (3-2) and the Czech Republic (8-2) at the event.

The U18s return to USHL play Friday (Feb. 15) when they take on the Sioux Falls Stampede. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. ET at USA Hockey Arena.

NOTES: Team USA went 3-for-4 on the power play and killed off 5 of 6 penalties it faced … The U18s outshot Russia by a 41-33 margin. Follow @USAHockeyNTDP on Twitter for tournament updates and join the conversation on social media by using #5NationsU18 … John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.) leads the U.S. National Under-18 Team along with associate coach Dan Hinote (Elk River, Minn.), intern assistant coach Kevin Lind (Homer Glen, Ill.) and goaltending coach Thomas Speer (Sancsville, Wis.).

Team USA Roster

Tournament Host Site

Tournament Home

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET) Live Stream
Wednesday, Feb. 6 Sweden L, 5-7 Live Stream
Thursday, Feb. 7 Finland W, 3-2 Live Stream
Friday, Feb. 8 Czech Republic W, 8-2 Live Stream
Saturday, Feb. 9 Russia L, 4-8 Live Stream

Five Nations News

Photo by Rena Laverty
Photo by Rena Laverty