Photo by Rena Laverty
The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team is set to take on Sweden in its second matchup of the 2017 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. (local) and 9 a.m. (ET) at Ritarihalli Arena in Hameenlinna, Finland. The U.S. enters the matchup with a record of (0-0-1-0) (W-OTW-OTL-L) after falling to Switzerland 3-2 in a 13 round shootout on Wednesday. Sweden enters the matchup at 1-0-0-0 after defeating the Czech Republic in its tournament opener.
The game can be streamed live here.
USA VS SWEDEN HISTORY
The U.S. and Sweden last met in the Fall Under-18 Five Nations Tournament on Nov. 2, 2016 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, where the U.S. fell to Sweden (2-1). Jacob Tortora (2015-17/Boston College) scored the lone goal for Team USA.
The 2016-17 U.S. National Under-18 Team followed November's performance by claiming its second international tournament victory of the season by earning 11 points and posting a 3-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record in Sundsvall, Sweden in February 2017.
In the deciding game against tournament-host Sweden, Josh Norris (2015-17/University of Michigan) scored a short-handed goal with three seconds remaining in regulation and then tallied two shootout goals in a 5-4 victory at Sundsvall Energi Arena. St. Cyr tallied 25 saves in the game.
USA VS SWITZERLAND RECAP
The U.S. National Under-18 Team fell short in a shootout (3-2) against Switzerland in the bottom of 13th round.
Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass.) and Trevor Janicke (Maple Grove, Minn.) scored for Team USA in regulation.
Drew DeRidder (Fenton, Mich.) saved 17 of 19 shots during regulation while stopping 11 of 13 shots in the shootout. DeRidder also came up with a big stop on a penalty shot during the overtime period to force the shootout.
Every year, two Under-18 Five Nations Tournaments are held.
Each team competes in four games per tournaments, with points awarded for wins (3), overtime wins (2), and overtime losses (1). The first-place team is determined based on final point standings.
The first tournament takes place in early November while the second event takes place in early February.
Countries that participate are a combination of the following: the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
U18 FIVE NATIONS HISTORY
The Under-18 Five Nations and Four Nations tournaments are held twice a season. The U.S. has placed first in at least one of the two yearly events dating back to the 2007-08 season. In total, the U.S. has won the event 19 times since the U.S. began participating in 1997-1998. The U.S. has won both of the yearly tournaments five times (2003-04, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2016-17).
The Fall 2017 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament was played in Hämeenlinna, Finland from Wednesday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. All games were played at Ritarihalli Arena, home of HPK of SM-liiga.
The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team finished tied for first place in the tournament after finishing with a record of (1-0-2-1) (W-OTW-OTL-L).
|Wednesday, Nov. 8||Switzerland||L, 3-2 (SO)|
|Friday, Nov. 10||Sweden||L, 2-0|
|Saturday, Nov. 11||Finland||L, 4-3 (SO)|
|Sunday, Nov. 12||Czech Republic||W, 3-0|
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