PORTAGE LA PRAIRE, Man. – Henrik Samuelsson had a hat trick, giving him five goals in two games, as theUnited States moved to 2-0 at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 4-1 win over Germany on Thursday afternoon.
Samuelsson needed just 35 seconds to open the scoring, and added his second at 4:06, less than two minutesafter Lennart Palausch had got the Germans on the board.
The Americans took advantage of two of the four second-period power plays they had, with Samuelssonfinishing off his hat trick and Miles Koules making it 4-1, both on the man advantage.
The U.S. took a three-goal lead and 31-17 advantage in shots on goal into the third period, but couldn’tput another past German netminder Marvin Cüpper, who made 15 saves in the third period and 42 overall.
Not surprisingly, Samuelsson, son of former NHL defenceman Ulf Samuelsson, earned Player of the Gamehonours for the U.S., while Cüpper was a deserving recipient for the Germans.
Samuelsson is one of two American players with NHL bloodlines, along with forward Stefan Matteau, who isthe son of Stéphane Matteau. The elder Matteau is also a U17 alumnus, having won gold with Quebec at thefirst tournament in 1986.
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