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USA Takes Second Place in U-17 Five Nations, Beating Germany, 8-2

08/17/2014, 11:15am MDT
By USAHockey.com

CRIMMITSCHAU, GERMANY — The U.S. Under-17 Select Team beat host country, Germany, 8-2, today and took second place in the 2014 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament. The U.S claimed a quick 2-0 lead in the first period and responded to Germany’s second period tally with four straight goals over the next five minutes of play.
 
Henry Crone (Cedar Hill, Texas) tallied four points, including a hat trick, and was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
 
“Today was a great team effort. We were solid in all three periods. We took an early lead and we were able to build on it,” said Cary Eades, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. “The game of hockey is funny sometimes—yesterday it looked like their goal had plexiglass protecting it, and today we were able to bury eight goals on about the same amount of chances. Additionally, the coaching staff is really proud of the way we responded after yesterday’s tough defeat. We showed maturity in being able to put that behind us and earn the silver trophy today.”
 
The U.S. jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first five minutes when Max Gerlach (Flower Mound, Texas) sniped a shot high-glove side off a feed from Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash.). Gerlach, Yamamoto and Ty Farmer (O’Fallon, Mo.) connected again midway through the period on the power play. Farmer scored backdoor on a Yamamoto pass for the 2-0 lead.
 
At 10:31 of the second stanza, the Germans got on the board during an odd-man rush, wrangling the rebound to make it 2-1.
 
The U.S. answered with four goals. First, Gerlach buried a shot off the faceoff to put the U.S. back up by a pair. Less than a minute later, Crone made it 4-1 on a feed from Garrett Wait (Edina, Minn.). Sam Rossini (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) fed Wait at the backdoor for an easy tap-in goal at 14:54. Then, in close to the net, Crone converted on a backhander.
 
To close out the second stanza, Germany netted one more, making it 6-2.
 
Team USA cashed in twice more in the first two minutes of the third period. On the power play, Wait wired a shot on the short side for the 7-2 lead. Crone one-timed a pass from Riley Tufte (Ham Lake, Minn.) to complete his hat trick and the game scoring.
 
Dayton Rasmussen (Eden Prairie, Minn.) saved 20 of 22 German shots. 

Notes: For the third year in a row, Team USA placed among the top two teams at the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament … Team USA finished the tournament with a 3-1-0-0 (W-L-OTW-OTL) record, outscoring opponents 19-9  … Wait led team scoring with eight points (4-4). Crone (3-3) and Yamamoto (0-6) tied for second with six points each … Goaltenders Ryan Edquist (Lakeville, Minn.) and Rasmussen combined for a .922 save percentage, stopping 94 of 104 shots.

USA vs. Germany Box Score

First PeriodScoring: 1, USA, Gerlach (Yamamoto, Farmer), 4:30; 2, USA, Farmer (Yamamoto, Gerlach), 10:01 (PP). Penalties: GER, Adam (interference), 9:42; GER, Bench (too many men), 14:37; USA, Kiersted (interference), 16:49.
 
Second PeriodScoring: 1, GER, Postel (Grabmaier, Hessler), 10:31; 3, USA, Gerlach (Senden), 10:42; 4, USA, Crone (Wait, Knierim), 12:02; 5, USA, Wait (Crone, Rossini), 14:54; 6, USA, Crone (Knierim, Wait), 15:36; 2, GER, Grabmaier (Niejenhuis, Klotz), 19:29 (PP). Penalties: USA, Crone (cross-checking), 4:12; USA, Tufte (slashing), 4:12; USA, Bellows (checking to the head and neck area), 8:17; USA, Bellows (10-minute misconduct), 8:17; USA, Gerlach (tripping), 17:34; GER, Niejenhuis (boarding), 20:00.
 
Third PeriodScoring: 7, USA, Wait (Senden, McInnis), 0:22 (PP); 8, USA, Crone (Tufte, Yamamoto), 1:29. Penalties: USA, McInnis (hooking), 10:03; GER, Zitterbart (delay of game), 12:56.

Shots by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Total
USA 10 14 12 36
GER 5 12 5 22

 

Goals by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Total
USA 2 4 2 8
GER 0 2 0 2

 

Goaltenders   Time 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Rasmussen USA 60:00 5/5 10/12 5/5 20/22
Gassner GER 60:00 8/10 10/14 10/12 28/36

 

Special Teams USA GER
Penalties (Penalties/Minutes) 7/22 4/8
Power Play (Goals/Chances) 2/4 1/5

 

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Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)
Aug. 10 Germany W, 10-0
Aug. 13 Slovakia W, 6-2
Aug. 15 Switzerland W, 5-3
Aug. 16 Czech Republic L, 0-2
Aug. 17 Germany W, 8-2

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Whether we like it or not, officials are under a microscope, and by the nature of the business, are held to a very high standard. When we signed up for this officiating gig, we committed ourselves to represent the game of hockey, USA Hockey, our local group of officials and ourselves as people of integrity who accept the responsibility and guardianship of enforcing the rules in a fair and consistent manner. Most importantly, we must remember that the game is bigger than all of us and that the game itself is what we serve. Those who lose sight of that not only compromise the competitive fairness of the games, they also make life more difficult for all of the officials by damaging the credibility of the officiating community.

An example of this type of unacceptable behavior occurred last season. A Level 2 adult official tended to work his games with a chip on his shoulder. He often created confrontation with coaches, alienated his younger partners with inaccurate advice and disregarded their help in attempting to get some calls and rule applications right. Even though the help they were providing was correct, he chose to maintain his incorrect position that affected the outcome of several games. He also tended to identify certain players and single them out for various infractions and/or on-ice lectures as a means of emphasizing his authority.

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