Photo by Rena Laverty
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Brock Faber (Maple Grove, Minn.) registered his first goal of the season to give the U17s a 4-3 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms on Saturday night at Covelli Centre.
The U17s' record is 16-19-3-3 (W-L-OTL-SOL) and Team USA’s combined record in USHL play is 18-14-2-3 (W-L-OTL-SOL).
At the 5:59 mark of the first period, Thomas Bordeleau (Houston, Texas) swept up a loose puck from an Eamon Powell (Marcellus, N.Y.) shot and tucked it away to give Team USA an early lead.
Drew Commesso (Norwell, Mass.) stood tall throughout the first frame on the other end of the ice and stopped all 13 shots on net. The U17s headed into the second period with a 1-0 lead.
With 8:38 left on the clock in the middle stanza, Matthew Beniers (Hingham, Mass.) crashed the net and found the back of the net to give Team USA a 2-0 advantage. Jacob Truscott (Fort Gratiot, Mich.). picked up an assist on the play.
Youngstown cut the U17s' lead to 2-1 with 14 seconds left in the second period and found the equalizer early in the final frame.
The back-and-forth battle continued as Chase Yoder (Fairview, Texas) skated through two defenders and scored the go-ahead goal with 5:42 to play in regulation, only to have it negated by a short-handed tally from the Phantoms two minutes later.
Faber netted the first goal of his NTDP career and the eventual game-winner after Bordeleau won an offensive-zone faceoff and moved the puck around to Powell at the blue line. Powell then found Faber and he powered it into the back of the net on the power play.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team returns to action against the Muskegon Lumberjacks at 7 p.m. ET on Friday (Feb.22) for Hockey Across America Night at USA Hockey Arena. Tickets are available at USAHockeyNTDP.com/Tix.
NOTES: Team USA went 1-for-7 on the power play and killed off all four penalties it faced ... The shot count ended even at 27-27 ... Brock Faber earned the No. 2 Star of the Game for the U17s.