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Under-17 Team Defeats Sweden to Earn First Place at Five Nations

By USA Hockey, 02/09/14, 11:15AM EST


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SUNDSVALL, Sweden - Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe, Mich./1-1) and Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz./0-2) recorded two points each as the U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated Sweden, 4-1, here tonight at Gardehov Arena. With the win, Team USA finishes with a perfect 4-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and earns first place at the 2014 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.

Sweden tallied the first goal of the game at 3:58 of the opening period. Team USA knotted the score on the power play with just four seconds remaining in the frame. Matthews sent a shot on net that ricocheted directly to Werenski on the right side. The defenseman settled the puck and wristed it into the wide open net. Noah Hanifin (Norwood, Mass.) also assisted on the play.

After a scoreless second stanza, Team USA struck at 7:40 of the third period to take the lead. The U.S. halted a clearing attempt by Sweden and the puck found Luke Kirwan (DeWitt, N.Y.) alone in front of the net. Kirwan lit the lamp for the eventual game-winning tally. Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.) and Charles McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y.) registered assists. Jack Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio) knocked in a rebound at 10:37 to extend the advantage for the U.S. Werenski earned the lone helper. Team USA sealed the victory when Michael Floodstrand (Hinsdale, Ill.) skated out to the front of crease and backhanded the puck into the cage. Matthews and Brendan Warren (Carleton, Mich.) assisted on the play.

Luke Opilka (St. Louis, Mo.) kicked out 25 shots in the win for the U.S., while Adam Werner made 50 saves for Sweden in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team returns to United States Hockey League action next weekend when it faces Chicago (Feb. 14) and Indiana (Feb. 16). Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST and 3:30 p.m. respectively at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube.


  • The United States outshot Sweden, 54-26. Team USA went 1-3 on the power play, while Sweden went 0-4.
  • The U.S. National Under-17 Team closes out its international schedule with an unblemished record of 15-0. Team USA previously claimed titles at the 2013 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament and 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
  • Auston Matthews finished third among all skaters in points. The forward had one goal and six assists in four games played.
  • Noah Hanifin lead all defenseman in points over the course of the tournament. The blueliner dished out five assists in four games.
  • Luke Opilka finished third in both goals-against average (2.01) and save percentage (.906). The netminder earned two victories in three appearances.
  • Charles McAvoy was tied for first in plus-minus. The defenseman finished +6 in four games played.
  • This is the first Under-17 Five Nations Tournament victory for Team USA in two attempts. Last year, the U.S. finished third with a record of 2-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L).
  • Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the Five Nations Tournaments. Scores will be designated with the #5NationsU17 tag.
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  • The U17 roster features players exclusively from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. For a more detailed U17 roster, click here.
  • The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit

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