PIESTANY, SLOVAKIA — Dennis Yan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored in the final minute of overtime to give the U.S. Under-18 Select Team a 5-4 victory over Sweden and claim third place in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. Goaltender Matthew Jurusik (La Grange, Ill.) made 42 saves in the U.S. net.
“After an emotional loss yesterday it was great for our guys to respond and beat a very good Swedish team to capture third place,” said Derek Plante, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team.
Sweden jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring twice in the first half of the opening period.
In the latter half of the opening stanza, the U.S. answered with three goals, leapfrogging Sweden for the 3-2 lead. While Sweden had possession inside the U.S. zone, Novak stole the puck at the blue line, carried it down ice and snapped a shot far side from the right hashmarks.
At 14:07, Matt Filipe (Lynnfield, Mass.), Erik Foley (Mansfield, Mass.) and Tanner Laczynski (Shorewood, Ill.) rushed into Sweden’s zone and pushed the play behind the goal. Foley came from behind the left side of the net and put the puck in to even the game at two. Two minutes later as the U.S. was cycling the puck, Robert Jackson (Alameda, Calif.) passed to Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), who walked into the left slot and fired the puck in for the go-ahead goal.
The second period was scoreless, so the U.S. entered the third period still leading 3-2.
At 3:20 of the third, Karch Bachman (Wolcottville, Ind.) snagged a loose puck near his own blue line and raced up ice for a shorthanded, breakaway goal.
Sweden made it 4-3 midway through the third period, and then forced overtime with two minutes left to play.
Both teams had quality chances in the five-minute overtime, but the U.S. capitalized in the final minute when Tory Dello’s (Crystal Lake, Ill.) shot was deflected by Zach Wilkie (Villa Park, Ill.) and Yan finished the play by stuffing the puck in for the 5-4 final.
Notes: Novak finishes as the tournament's leading scorer, with 11 points (5-6) over five games ... Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn.) finishes as the tournament's leading goal scorer, notching six goals in five games. Boeser (6-2), Yan (4-4) and Finland's Petrus Palmu (4-4) tied as the tournament's second leading scorers with eight points each... Team USA finishes the tournament 2-1-2-0 (W-OTW-L-OTL).
First Period—Scoring: 1, SWE, Erixon (Kylington, Dahlstrom), 3:43; 2, SWE, Dahlen (Looke), 10:14 (PP); 1, USA, Novak (unassisted), 10:50; 2, USA, Foley (Laczynski, Filipe), 14:07; 3, USA, Terry (Jackson, Wilkie), 16:30 (PP). Penalties: USA, Olson (high-sticking), 8:50; SWE, Davidsson (), 14:53; USA, Boeser (high-sticking), 19:26.
Second Period—Scoring: none. Penalties: USA, Cecconi (elbowing), 4:47; SWE, Ahl (interference), 10:49; SWE, Asplund (holding), 14:03.
Third Period—Scoring: 4, USA, Bachman (unassisted), 3:20 (SH); 3, SWE, Olund (Younan), 10:07 (PP); 4, SWE, Asplund (Ek Eriksson, Davidsson), 18:30. Penalties: USA, Olson (cross-checking), 3:04; USA, Moore (hooking), 5:28; USA, Dello (charging), 8:55.
Overtime—Scoring: 5, USA, Yan (Wilkie, Dello), 4:03. Penalties: none.
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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.”