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U.S. Under-18 Select Team Tops Russia, 7-4, in Hlinka Cup

08/12/2014, 9:30am MDT

BRECLAV, CZECH REPUBLIC -- The U.S. Under-18 Select Team defeated Russia, 7-4, in its second game of the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. Beginning late in the second period, the U.S. scored four straight goals to capture the win. Team USA's Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn.) tallied a hat trick and Dennis Yan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) notched two goals.

“This was an important match for us. Our goal is to get the championship, so we needed a win today,” said Derek Plante, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. “This is a short tournament, so we have to keep getting better really quickly. Russia has a great team, but we had many power plays, which helped us a lot."

The first period was fairly even, but Russia struck first at 6:51.

However, the U.S. answered with the equalizer two minutes later when Thomas Novak (River Falls, Wis.) carried the puck low into the slot, passed back to his trailer, Yan, and Yan fired a one-timer past Nikita Kolesnikov.

Not even a minute later, Russia climbed back atop the scoreboard. Late in the period, Russians converted a five-on-three power play to increase its lead, 3-1.

After Team USA cleared its zone, a speedy Yan chased the puck and beat the hesitant goalie with a quick wrist shot to pull Team USA within one goal in the final second of the opening frame.

At 1:27 of the second period, the U.S. took advantage of Russia’s passive defense, allowing Boeser to net his first goal of the game with help from Novak and Yan.

Team USA sustained offensive pressure but took a penalty, resulting in Russia retaking the lead, 4-3, thanks to a power-play goal at 13:43.

Twenty seconds later, Russia committed an infraction and USA scored on the ensuing power play. Boeser put a behind-the-net pass in the top corner for his second goal of the game and pulled the U.S. even with the Russians.

Five minutes into the third period, the U.S. scored its second of four straight goals. Grant Gabriele (Brighton, Mich.) shot a laser from the blue line, which the goaltender never saw, and gave Team USA its first lead of the game, 5-4.

Again on the power play, the U.S. climbed to a 6-4 lead. Boeser grabbed a loose puck lying in front of the net and tapped it in to complete his hat trick.

With 2:42 left in the game, Erik Foley (Mansfield, Mass.) sealed the victory by putting the puck in the top corner on a two-on-one rush for the 7-4 final.

The U.S. Under-18 Select Team continues tournament action tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 13) at 9:30 a.m. ET against Finland for a spot in the semifinal round of the Hlinka Memorial Cup. Stay tuned to for Team USA Hlinka coverage and complete game recaps. Play-by-play for every tournament game is available at

Notes: Yan led all scorers with four points (2-2) today … Boeser (3-0) and Novak (0-3) notched three points apiece … Boeser, Novak and Yan are in the top 10 for tournament scoring. Yan (2-3) and Boeser (4-0) are one and two, respectively.

Box Score for USA vs. Russia

First PeriodScoring: 1, RUS, Kapnzov (Alekseev), 6:51; 1, USA, Yan (Novak, Young), 8:50; 2, RUS, Ivanyuhzhenov (Alekseev), 9:43; 3, RUS, Ivanyuhzhenov (Platonov), 18:38 (PP); 2, USA, Yan (unassisted), 19:59. Penalties: RUS, Bannikov (interference), 13:31; USA, Foley (hooking), 16:51; USA, Wilkie (hooking), 17:45.

Second PeriodScoring: 3, USA, Boeser (Novak, Yan), 1:27; 4, RUS, Kaprizov (Ivashov), 13:23 (PP); 4, USA, Boeser (Gabriele, Yan), 15:14 (PP). Penalties: RUS, Sidorov (high sticking), 5:13; USA, Boeser (slashing), 11:37; RUS, Bannikov (slashing), 13:44; RUS, Fatkullin (slashing), 17:48.

Third PeriodScoring: 5, USA, Gabriele (Novak), 5:18; 6, USA, Boeser (unassisted), 12:04 (PP); 7, USA, Foley (Swaney, Wilkie), 17:18. Penalties: RUS, Bochkarev (slashing), 1:13; RUS, Fatkullin (delay of game), 3:14; RUS, Zhukenov (checking to the head and neck area), 10:10, RUS, Zhukenov (10-minute misconduct), 10:10; RUS, Platonov (interference), 13:01; USA, Moore (tripping), 17:44; RUS, Ivanyuhzhenov (holding), 19:46.

Shots by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Total
USA 14 11 21 46
RUS 8 10 7 25


Goals by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Total
USA 1 0 1 2
RUS 0 3 1 4


Goaltenders Time 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Sarthou 60:00 5/8 9/10 7/7 21/25
Kolesnikov 60:00 12/14 9/11 18/21 39/46


Special Teams USA RUS
Penalties (Penalties/Minutes) 4/8 10/28
Power Play (Goals/Chances) 2/9 2/4

Photo Credit: Harry Thompson/USA Hockey Magazine

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Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)
Aug. 9 Slovakia (Exhibition) W, 8-3
Aug. 11 Czech Republic L, 2-4
Aug. 12 Russia W, 7-4
Aug. 13 Finland W, 9-4
Aug. 15 Semifinal vs. Canada L, 5-11
Aug. 16 Third-Place Game vs. Sweden W, 5-4

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Update on 2015-16 USA Hockey Officiating Registration

07/08/2015, 5:15pm MDT
By David LaBuda, USA Hockey National Referee-in-Chief

District Referees-in-Chief implement changes to registration procedures

As we enter the 2015-16 registration season for officials, I want to give an update of what changes to expect this season.

The Officials Section has been busy since the 2015 Winter Meeting, working on implementing the registration changes that were discussed and voted on by the district referees-in-chief, along with refining the testing and online seminar programs.

For 2015-16, there will be an informational video available before an official registers with USA Hockey outlining the requirements and commitment that an individual will need to fulfill in order to complete their registration.


Next, and a very important change, starting with this season, in order to register for a seminar, an official will have to first register as an official (online) with USA Hockey in order to gain access to the online program to register for a seminar.

This change was due to a number of individuals who would never register as an official with USA Hockey and then ‘no show’ to the seminar that they registered for, which frequently led to other registered officials being denied attendance at that seminar because the seating capacity had already been reached.

This change will provide more incentive for every individual who registers as an official -- and registers for a seminar -- to attend that seminar and complete the registration requirements.

The open-book testing process has also been modified for the coming season. What hasn’t changed is that a Level 1 official will still have to answer the first 50 questions, while Level 2, 3 & 4 officials will have to answer 100 questions. However, the passing score for a Level 2 official has been modified to 80 from 85. All other passing scores remain the same as last year. Those minimum passing scores are 35 for a Level 1 official and 90 for Levels 3 and 4.

While an official is taking the open-book exam, there will be immediate feedback provided after each answer is submitted. If the question was answered incorrectly, the rule reference for that missed question will be given with the appropriate rule book language.

After completing all of the required questions, a summary will be sent of all incorrect responses with their rule references. If a passing score is obtained, then the open-book exam requirement will be complete.

If the result is a failing score, after the seven-day waiting period has passed, the official will only have to retake those questions that were incorrectly answered on their first open-book exam. The retake questions will be based on the same rule reference as the originally missed questions, but will cover a different aspect of the rule.

Once all of the retake questions are answered, the number of correctly answered retake questions will be added to the original test score to hopefully obtain a passing grade. As a reminder, there is no third attempt to pass the open-book exam.

During the winter meeting, the Officials Section spent considerable time discussing seminar program feedback, and in particular, the online modules. All feedback was taken seriously and an action plan was discussed and adopted.

Two work groups were established to address the new classroom curriculums and to improve the online video modules. Both were comprised of grassroots members who could bring a grassroots perspective to their work. Both groups have completed their work and their recommendations have been adopted. The new shortened classroom curriculums have been distributed for application to this coming seminar season and the online modules are being re-engineered with improved formatting, better sequencing, animation replacing some video clips and reduction of music and voice-overs to allow the viewer to better focus on the presented material.

We’ve also evaluated the number of required modules for each level, and based on the user analytics that the first years’ experience produced, we have reduced the number of required modules in some cases.

Lastly, as a reminder, once an official begins their first online module, they will need to complete all of their online module training within a specified time period. The online module completion time periods are 60 days for Level 1 registered officials and 45 days for Levels 2, 3 and 4. If all of the required and elective modules are not completed within the specified time frame, the official will have to restart all of the module training from the beginning. This requirement was waived during last year’s registration season due to the delayed rollout of the online module program, but it’s back in place this year.

This completion requirement was put in place by the District RICs to encourage all officials to complete their registration as early as possible and to provide continuity in the overall seminar education process.

As a reminder, to complete an official’s registration an applicant must:

  • Register online with USA Hockey
  • Register and attend a classroom seminar (reduced attendance times depending on registration level)
  • Complete the required and elective online training modules within the required time frame
  • Pass the open-book exam at their registration level
  • Pass the closed-book exam (no closed-book exam at Level 1) for their registration level
  • Complete their online USA Hockey SafeSport training at the end of every two-year cycle


Work will continue on improving our educational programs, and as always, we will continue actively listening to your constructive feedback. Without your involvement and support as a community, we cannot continue moving forward.  Acknowledging that improvements were needed was only one step in the process.  Implementing those changes in a way that meets the needs of our officiating community is the next step and we’re excited to be taking that step.

Have a great 2015-16 season and as always, skate hard and have fun when you’re on the ice.

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