CRIMMITSCHAU, GERMANY — The U.S. Under-17 Select Team topped Slovakia, 6-2, in its opening match of the 2014 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament. Trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes, Team USA notched six straight goals in the victory. Garrett Wait (Edina, Minn.) tallied two goals. The team named goalie Ryan Edquist (Lakeville, Minn.) the U.S. Player of the Game for his performance, stopping 32 of 34 shots.
“Slovakia came out flying, and we were very fortunate that Ryan Edquist was sharp in goal for us,” said Cary Eades, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. “It easily could have been 3-0 or 4-0 after one. Instead, we were only down one, and then we scored twice on the first shift of the second [period] to completely turn the game around.”
The Slovaks had a strong showing in the first period, including a number of power-play opportunities, but not until 17:53 did Slovakia get on the board for the 1-0 lead.
Team USA tied the game 10 seconds into the second period on a goal from William Knierim (Skokie, Ill.) with assists from Wait and Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.). Wait tallied the go-ahead goal at 1:00 off an Andrew Peeke (Parkland, Fla.) shot.
In a two-on-one situation at 7:56, Tim Gettinger (North Olmsted, Ohio) put Team USA up 3-1 on a great pass from Keenen Suthers (Macomb, Mich.). On another odd-man rush, Mitchell Mattson (Grand Rapids, Minn.) fed Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash.), who drop-passed to the trailer, Max Gerlach (Flower Mound, Texas), and Gerlach sniped the puck high on the glove side for the 4-1 lead.
Four minutes into the third stanza, the U.S. lengthened its lead with a goal from Suthers. At 9:26, Wait finished a tic-tac-toe play from Knierim and Bellows for Team USA’s last goal and his second of the game.
Slovakia converted on the power play for the final goal of the game and the 6-2 score.
First Period—Scoring: 1, SVK, Vaclav (Smida, Martancik), 17:53. Penalties: SVK, Vaclav (charging), 7:27; USA, Wait (charging), 11:53; USA, Gerlach (slashing), 13:03.
Second Period—Scoring: 1, USA, Knierim (Wait, Bellows), 0:10; 2, USA, Wait (Bellows, Peeke), 1:00; 3, USA, Gettinger (Suthers, Mattson), 7:56; 4, USA, Gerlach (Yamamoto, Senden), 11:17. Penalties: SVK, Juriga (tripping), 11:21; USA, Tufte (high-sticking), 18:51.
Third Period—Scoring: 5, USA, Suthers (Mattson, Peeke), 3:54; 6, USA, Wait (Knierim, Bellows), 9:21; 2, SVK, Rudy (Solensky), 12:22. Penalties: USA, Danschke (delay of game), 0:05; USA, Knierim (charging), 5:02; SVK, Fereta (tripping), 12:03; USA, Knierim (checking to the head and neck area), 12:18; USA, Knierim (checking to the head and neck area), 12:22.
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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.”