SUNDSVALL, Sweden - Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) tallied four points and Tyler Biggs (Cincinnati, Ohio), Travis Boyd (Hopkins, Minn.) and Robbie Russo (Westmont, Ill.) all recorded three point games, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team topped Switzerland, 8-3, here today at Sundsvall Arena, in its second game of the 2010 Under-18 Four Nations Cup.
"This was an excellent effort by our entire team and we did a lot of good things today," said Ron Rolston, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "We will need to be sharp again tomorrow to win a championship."
Team USA wasted no time in finding the back of the net, when Biggs scored just ten seconds into the game. Grimaldi and Russo would collect assists on the play. Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge, Mich.) then converted on a power play opportunity at 9:10 in the first period and Biggs added his second goal of the game later in the first period, to increase the U.S. lead to 3-0.
Two late goals scored by Team USA in the second period further distanced themselves from Switzerland. With a minute remaining in the frame, J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) connected with Grimaldi for a power play tally. Russo also assisted on the play. Adam Reid (Chino Hills, Calif.) would score with just 20 seconds remaining to send the U.S. into the second intermission, up 5-0.
The offensive outburst continued when the third period opened. Mario Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.) lit the goal lamp after being set-up by Miller and Boyd. Switzerland would answer with a goal of their own, but the U.S. added two goals, one each by Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) and Boyd, to put the game out of reach.
John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 25 saves for Team USA in the win, while Patrick Bonvin stopped 30 shots in the loss for Switzerland.
The U.S. National Under-18 Team will next face tournament host Sweden on Sunday (Nov. 14) at 9:30 a.m. ET. Team USA will be playing for a chance to repeat as tournament winners, having captured first place at the 2009 Under-18 Four Nations Cup in Finland.
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