COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2014 U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team was named the United States Olympic Committe Team of the Month for April it was announced Tuesday.
The U.S. captured its eighth gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s Under-18 World Championship, held April 17-27 in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland. Team USA finished the tournament with an overall record of 6-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and posted two shutouts en route to winning the gold medal. The victory marked Team USA’s eighth tournament title, including five in the last six years, and its 11th consecutive top-three finish in the tournament.
In the gold-medal game, Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had two goals and Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) registered one goal and two assists as the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team defeated the Czech Republic, 5-2, at Lappeenranta Arena on April 27. Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn.) and Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) added single tallies and Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio) made 15 saves in the victory.