BRECLAV, CZECH REPUBLIC — In its first game of the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, the U.S. Under-18 Select Team lost to the Czech Republic, 4-2. Team USA received goals from Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn.) and Robert Jackson (Alameda, Calif.).
“We had some opportunities to score,” said Derek Plante, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. “The second period was tough, there were many penalties from our side. Almost 17 minutes in the penalty box. We rallied, but we could not catch up.”
Team USA came out strong in the first, and opened the scoring on a power-play rebound tap-in from Boeser at 8:42. Dennis Yan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) wristed a shot off the goal post, and Boeser was there to wrangle the rebound.
In the second, two U.S. players took simultaneous penalties, giving the Czech Republic a five-on-three advantage that they used to even the score. Eight minutes later, the Czechs scored the go-ahead goal during a power play. At 16:09, the Czechs tallied yet another power-play goal.
Two minutes into the third, Team USA’s Jackson was on a breakaway when a Czech player brought him down, resulting in a penalty shot. Jackson took his time and stuffed the puck past the Czech Republic’s Daniel Vladar and pulled Team USA within a goal.
With less than a minute left in the period, Team USA pulled goaltender Evan Sarthou (La Grange, Ill.) for the extra man. After Team USA nearly scored the equalizer, the Czechs got possession of the puck and sent it down the ice for an empty-net goal and the 4-2 final.
The U.S. Under-18 Select Team continues tournament action 9:30 a.m. ET tomorrow against Russia.
First Period—Scoring: 1, USA, Boeser (Yan), 8:42 (PP). Penalties: USA, Boeser (slashing), 0:10; CZE, Bench (too many men), 3:00; USA, Foley (interference), 6:02; CZE, Zboril (slashing), 7:35; USA, Filipe (slashing), 10:02; USA, Filipe (hooking), 18:36.
Second Period—Scoring: 1, CZE, Zboril (Weinhold, Jasek), 4:37 (PP); 2, CZE, Chlapik (Zboril, Jasek), 12:51 (PP); 3, CZE, Jasek (Soustal, Chlapik), 16:09 (PP). Penalties: USA, Wilkie (tripping), 3:36; USA, Laczynski (kneeing), 3:36; USA, Dello (holding), 7:59; USA, Swaney (delay of game), 9:09; USA, Boeser (hooking), 12:47; USA, Filipe (hooking); USA, Wilkie (check to the head and neck area—major), 14:51; USA, Wilkie (game misconduct), 14:51.
Third Period—Scoring: 2, USA, Jackson (unassisted), 1:50 (PS); 4, CZE, Jasek (unassisted), 19:52 (EN). Penalties: CZE, Chlapik (roughing), 0:18; USA, Bench (too many men), 1:14; CZE, Zboril (holding—PS), 1:50; CZE, Dymacek (interference), 8:25; USA, Bachman (slashing), 10:40; USA, Olson (interference), 11:57; CZE, Dymacek (slashing), 14:46.
|Shots by Period||1st||2nd||3rd||Total|
|Goals by Period||1st||2nd||3rd||Total|
|Power Play (Goals/Chances)||1/5||3/14|
Photo Credit: Harry Thompson/USA Hockey Magazine
March 27, 2017 | When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey.
This week, Hockey Canada announced that it too will introduce its players to the game through cross-ice play beginning in 2017-18.
“Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck touches, which result in more chances to practice puck control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, in a release today. “Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”
The Grassroots Show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 weighed in on the decision. Click the audio link below to hear how Canada is embracing cross-ice hockey for the coming season and beyond.
Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, appeared on the Grassroots Show to discuss the nationwide shift to cross-ice hockey, beginning this fall for 5- and 6-year-olds and expanding to all of Canada's Novice (8U) level in 2018-19.
“When you see 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 kids out on the ice in between periods and they’re playing 200-by-85 and 3 or 4 kids touch the puck in that whole six minutes, yet there’s people in the stands clapping and thinking it’s wonderful, I just can’t help but think about the 95 percent of the children that didn’t even touch the puck or get from one end of the rink to the other and I ask myself what are we doing when the opportunity is certainly there to have 30 kids on the ice playing cross-ice and everyone is having a much better opportunity to touch the puck, skate a shorter distance and really play. It just boggles my mind,” said Renney.
“We completely embrace, at the Initiation level and the Novice level, cross-ice hockey and we have mandated that in the Initiation program and we will mandate it across the country in Novice hockey.
“This is about the pure enjoyment of the game, and your first connection with it has to be something that’s pure fun, on a surface of play that is conducive to much more participation and joy.”