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U18s Host Youngstown; U17s compete in World Under-17 Challenge

By, 11/03/17, 11:00AM EDT


The U18s host Youngstown before traveling to Finland while the U17s are set to compete in U17 World Challenge

USA Hockey National Team Development Program Notebook

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NTDP Notebook Week of Oct. 30 - Nov. 5

USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program enters play this weekend with a 17-5-0-0-0 (W-L-OTL-SOL-T) record after the U18s earned two victories last weekend and the U17s received their first loss of the season on Saturday (Oct. 28) night, 4-3 against Cedar Rapids. The U18s have one game this weekend as they host the Youngstown Phantoms at USA Hockey Arena on Friday night (Nov. 3) at 7 p.m. ET. The U17s are in British Columbia competing in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from (Nov.2-Nov.11).

U18s Matchups

Friday, Nov. 3

U18s vs. Youngstown Phantoms

Puck Drop: 7 p.m. ET


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U17s Matchups

At World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

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Current Records

NTDP Overall: 17-5-0-0-0 (W-L-OTL-SOL-T)

U18s: 8-4-0-0-0

U17s: 9-1-0-0-0

Team USA USHL Record: 5-1-0-0 (W-L-OTL-SOL)

Matchup Previews

DIVERTING THE PHANTOMS: The U.S. National Under-18 Team hosts the Youngstown Phantom as they enter USA Hockey Arena this weekend for the first of nine meetings this season. Youngstown is 2-4-1-1 in the USHL entering this weekend. Team USA leads the all-time series 36-32-5 (W-L-OTL). The U.S. National Team Development Program finished the 2016-17 season 2-7-0-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL) against the Phantoms.

Phantoms Top Scorers: Matthew Barry (2-4-6 in 8 GP), Five others tied at four points.

Phantoms Goaltenders: Ivan Prosvetov (2-2-1-0 in 6 GP, 2.35 GAA, .927 SV%) and Wouter Peeters (0-2-0-1 in 3 GP, 3.90 GAA, .877 SV%)

Team USA Top Scorers in USHL: Jack Hughes (3-7-10 in 4 GP), Cole Caufield (7-2-9 in 4 GP), Oliver Wahlstrom (4-2-6 in 2 GP), Michael Gildon (4-1-5 in 4 GP)

Team USA Goaltenders in USHL: Drew DeRidder leads the USHL with (2-0-0-0 in 2 GP, 1.00 GAA, .964 SV%) and Spencer Knight (2-0-0-0 in 3 GP, 2.49 GAA, .932 SV%)

U18s 2017-18 Overall Top Scorers: U18s: Oliver Wahlstrom (11-9-20 in 12 GP), Joel Farabee (10-6-16 in 12 GP), Bode Wilde (3-8-11 in 12 GP), Drew DeRidder (5-2-0-0 in 9 GP, 2.45 GAA, .920 SV%, 2 SO)

2017-18 Schedule:

Nov. 3, U18s vs. Youngstown, Nov. 17, U18s at Youngstown, Dec. 1, U17s at Youngstown, Dec. 30, U17s vs. Youngstown, Jan. 15, U18s at Youngstown, Feb. 25, U18s vs. Youngstown, Mar. 30, U18s vs. Youngstown, Mar. 31, U17s at Youngstown and Apr. 12, U17s at Youngstown.

2016-17 Results: Team USA vs. Youngstown: 2-8-0-0 (W-L-OTL-SOL) Home: 2-3-0-0 Away: 0-4-0-1

Sept. 17, U18s vs. Youngstown (L, 4-3); Sept. 24, U18s vs. Youngstown (W, 5-3); Sept. 30, U17s vs. Youngstown (L, 6-1); Oct. 1, U17s vs. Youngstown (L, 7-1); Oct. 28, U18s at Youngstown (L, 3-2); Dec. 31, U18s vs. Youngstown (L, 3-1); Jan. 7, U17s vs. Youngstown (W, 1-0); Feb. 18, U17s at Youngstown (L, 3-2); Apr. 7, U17s vs. Youngstown (L, 4-2); and Apr. 8, U17s vs. Youngstown (L, 3-0).

Team USA All-Time Record vs. Youngstown: 36-32-5 (W-L-OTL) Home: 23-11-2 Road: 13-21-3

WORLD UNDER-17 CHALLENGE: The U.S. Under-17 Team (2001 birth year) enters the 2017 World Under-17 Challenge with an 9-1-0-0 overall record following a 9-1 victory against Canada Red in a pre-tournament matchup last night (Nov. 2). In last year’s tournament, the 2000s went 2-1-0-3 during its 2016 run in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The U17s finished fifth while earning victories over the Czech Republic, Canada White and Canada Red. Joel Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) and Bode Wilde (Birmingham, Mich.) led the U17s offensively as Farabee collected four goals, two assists and six points in five games and Wilde recorded two goals, four assists and six points in five games. Keegan Karki (Sartell, Minn./Muskegon Lumberjacks) was between the pipes for all five games for the U17s collecting a 2.28 goals-against-average and a .894 save-percentage with a 3-2-0 record. The U17s have won the World Under-17 Challenge four times since 2001, last winning victory coming in 2014. During that tournament, the U.S. Under-17 Team went 6-0-0-0 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The U17s overall record when competing in British Columbia is 8-0-2-1.

2016-17 Results: Game 1, U17s vs. Czech Republic (W/OT, 3-2); Game 2, U17s vs. Canada White (W, 3-2); Game 3, U17s vs. Canada Black (L, 4-3); Game 4, U17s vs. Sweden (L, 4-3); and Game 5, U17s vs. Canada Red (W, 3-2).

2017-18 Schedule: Thursday, Nov. 2 USA vs. Canada Red (W, 9-1); Sunday, Nov. 5 USA vs. Czech Republic; Monday, Nov. 6 USA vs. Canada White; Tuesday, Nov. 7 USA vs. Canada Black

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TEAM USA DEFEATS CANADA RED: Matthew Boldy, Judd Caulfield and Cole Caufield had two goals apiece fueling Team USA against Canada Red, 9-1. Team USA scored eight unanswered goals in the final two periods outshooting Canada Red 46-24. John Beecher, Jack Hughes and Danny Weight added to the scoring while Hughes finished the night with a goal and four assists.

U18s PLAYER ADDS: Ryder Donovan (Duluth, Minn.) will be joining the U18s squad against the Youngstown Phantoms on Friday night. Donovan will wear number 22 for the red, white and blue. The forward is coming from Duluth East High School and is committed to play at the University of North Dakota. Donovan has started his season with Team North of the Minnesota Elite League recording four goals, seven assists and 11 points in 12 games.

HUGHES AMONG ROOKIE LEADERS: Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) is averaging 2.50 points-per-game in four USHL games this season. His ten points have him tied for first overall in the USHL. Hughes has a goal and two assists in the last two games played.

CAUFIELD FINDING THE NET: Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.) currently leads the U17s with 15 goals in nine games this season. Caufield has scored two goals in six of the past 10 games. He is also tied with Hughes for the team-lead in points (16) and shots (31).

WAHLSTROM AND FARABEE LEAD THE WAY: Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass.) leads the U18s with 11 goals, nine assists and 20 points in 12 games played this season while adding a +9 +/- rating. Close behind, Joel Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) has 10 goals, six assists and 16 points in 12 games is a +9 along with Wahlstrom. Between Wahlstrom and Farabee, they have 96 shots on net in 12 games.

PROMO NIGHTS AT USA HOCKEY ARENA: The NTDP will host five promotional nights at USA Hockey Arena in November:

  • Friday, November 3: U18s Posters/Autographs

  • Friday, November 17: Carnival/Scouts

  • Saturday, November 18: Carnival/Scouts

  • Wednesday, November 22: Craft Beer Night

  • Thursday, November 30: $1 Beers

Tickets for all these games are available here.

INTERNATIONAL BREAK: The U.S. National Under-18 Team is gearing up for its first international competition of 2017-18, the Under-18 Five Nations Tournament in Hameenlinna, Finland. The U.S. will face teams from Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, and the Czech Republic.

ALUMNI NHL UPDATE: Clayton Keller (2014-16) (2-14-16) is paving the way for NTDP alumni in their rookie NHL campaigns. The Arizona Coyotes forward currently leads all rookies in points with 15 (9-6-15) in 14 games. Fellow NTDP alum Will Butcher (2011-13) is close behind with 11 points (0-11-11) in 11 games with the New Jersey Devils.

Auston Matthews (2013-15/Toronto Maple Leafs) is currently third in overall points leaders with 18 (10-8-18) and is also third overall in goals with 10. He leads the National Hockey League in plus-minus with +14 rating.

WORLD U17 CHALLENGE HISTORY: Team USA has competed at the World U17 Hockey Challenge on 24 previous occasions, including the Quebec Cup in 1990 and the Quebec Esso Cup in 1986. Combined, the U.S. has a 83-7-5-34-7 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record, good for first in the all-time event standings. Team USA has finished in the top three 14 times; first place in January 2014, 2010, 2002 and 2001; second place in November 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2006, 1998 and 1996. Last year the U.S. came in fifth place.

COACHING STAFF AT THE CHALLENGE: John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.) will lead the U.S. in the event for the first time. Joining Wroblewski will be assistant coach Greg Moore (Lisbon, Maine), goaltending coach Thomas Speer (Janesville, Wis.) and intern assistant coach Kevin Lind (Homer Glen, Ill.). Moore was a member of the 2001 U.S. Under-17 World Hockey Challenge team that took first place.

LAST WEEK’S ROUNDUP: The U18s started the weekend earning a 3-2 victory against the Cedar Rapids (Oct. 27) before defeating Adrian College, 4-2 Saturday night (Oct. 28). The U17s received their first loss of the season Saturday night (Oct. 28) falling to Cedar Rapids, 4-3.

The U.S. Under-18 Team had strong performances from Jonathan Gruden (Rochester, Mich.), Joel Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.), Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass.) and Drew DeRidder (Fenton, Mich.) in Friday night's (Oct. 27) victory of the Roughriders. Gruden opened the scoring in the first period before collecting a total of three points off a goal and two assists and recording a plus-minus rating of +3 on the night. Farabee, and Wahlstrom both collected a goal and assist to finish the night. NTDP alum, Graham Slaggert (2015-17/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) netted a goal in the second period. After finishing the night with 20 saves, DeRidder has earned two shutouts while earning a .906 save-percentage and saving 126 of 139 shots in his last five games played.

The U18s opened Saturday night (Oct. 28) at Adrian College with three goals in the first period from Tyler Weiss (Raleigh, N.C.), Patrick Giles (Chevy Chase, Md.) and Farabee. Adrian College would net a short-handed goal in the second followed by a goal in their third period to bring the Bulldogs within a goal. Wahlstrom would seal the victory for the U18s by scoring the empty-netter with 32 seconds left in the third. Jonathan Mor (Highland Park, Ill.) picked up the victory in net after coming up with a big save to preserve the U18s lead with eight minutes left in the third period on a 2-on-1 breakaway. Mor finished the night with 16 saves.

The U.S. Under-17 Team received their first loss of the season to Cedar Rapids Saturday night (Oct. 28) at USA Hockey Arena despite three-point nights from Matthew Boldy (Millis, Mass.), Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.) and Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.). Boldy collected three assists on the night while Caufield netted a pair of goals and an assist. Hughes found the back of the net in the second period while collecting assists on both of Caufield’s goals. The U17s got off to a strong 2-0 start going into the second period before Cedar Rapids found the back of the net four times in the second period while ending the game with a scoreless third period.

ALUMNI WRAP UP: Max Gildon (2015-17/University of New Hampshire) named Hockey East Rookie of the Week. Grant Mismash (2015-17/University of North Dakota) earns his second NCHC Rookie of the Week honor. Louie Belpedio (2012-14/Miami University) earns NCHC Defenseman of the week honor. Troy Terry (2014-15/University of Denver) earns NCAA Player of the week. Clayton Keller (2014-16/Arizona Coyotes) earns NHL Rookie of the Month honors.

PLAYER FEATURE: Tyler Weiss talks about how a year of development and offseason training has helped mold his game. Full Story:

U18S NCAA SCHEDULE: The U.S. National Under-18 Team will skate in 15 NCAA games this season, including 11 tilts with Division I squads. The U18s record sits at 2-4-0 (W-L-T) against collegiate opponents. The U18s defeated Division III opponent, Adrian College (Oct. 28), 4-2. Take a look at the latest USA Hockey/USA Today Men's College Hockey poll.


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