Photo by Rena Laverty
GENEVA, Ill. — Twelve different skaters found the scoresheet as the U.S. National Under-18 Team used a five-goal second period to march past the Chicago Steel by a 7-2 final Saturday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena.
Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.) recorded a four-point night to lead the U18s, while John Beecher (Elmira, N.Y.) and Michael Gildon (Plano, Texas) and Matthew Boldy (Millis, Mass.) added two points apiece.
The win snapped a 14-game home winning streak for the Steel dating back to a 3-2 victory over Cedar Rapids on Dec. 4, 2018.
Gildon opened scoring for Team USA just 30 seconds into the game when he tapped in a centering feed from behind the net by Turcotte, who won the race for the puck after Owen Lindmark (Naperville, Ill.) sent it deep.
A pair of late goals gave the Steel a 2-1 lead at the break. However, the U18s responded with five second-period tallies from five different players to take control of the game.
Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.) found the back of the net on the power play at the 5:47 mark of the second period to tie the game after a sharp-angled shot from Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) glanced off the blocker of Steel goaltender Reilly Herbst.
Beecher then gave Team USA its second lead of the night after he corralled a loose puck in the crease and slipped it over the line. Patrick Moynihan (Millis, Mass.) doubled the advantage with his fifth goal in the past four games across all competitions.
Turcotte, who netted a short-handed marker, and Judd Caulfield (Grand Forks, N.D.), extended the lead to 6-2 with goals in the back half of the frame.
Domenick Fensore's (Thornwood, N.Y.) third-period tally accounted for the final goal of the contest.
Cameron Rowe (Wilmette, Ill.) stopped 22 of 24 shots to earn his seventh USHL victory of the season.
The U18s return to the ice Feb. 27 when they face off against the Central Illinois Flying Aces. Puck drop is set for 8:07 p.m. ET at Grossinger Motors Arena.
NOTES: Team USA went 1-for-3 on the power play and killed off all six penalties it faced ... The U18s outshot Chicago by a 30-24 margin ... Alex Turcotte earned the No. 1 Star of the Game ... Michael Gildon earned the No. 2 Star of the Game ... Matthew Boldy earned the No. 3 Star of the Game.