BALASHIKHA, Russia - Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) notched two goals and collected one assist, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team downed Russia, 6-2, in a pre-tournament game prior to the 2011 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament.
Kelleher tallied the first goal of the game at 4:23 of the opening frame. The unassisted marker came on the power play for Team USA. Russia answered late in the stanza after two consecutive U.S. penalties were whistled. The five-on-three goal knotted the game at one goal each after one period of play.
Team USA reclaimed the lead when Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.) netted a goal at 7:18 of the second stanza. Connor Chatham (Belleville, Ill.) earned an assist on the score. Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) followed with a power-play tally at 15:35 before the host country responded with a power-play goal of its own. Still holding a 3-2 lead, Team USA notched back-to-back goals with less than a minute remaining in the period. Kelleher buried his second of the game from Kevin Labanc (Staten Island, N.Y.), and Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) lit the lamp to give the U.S. a 5-2 lead.
Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) netted the third power-play goal for the U.S. at 3:22 of the final frame to secure the win over Russia. Keaton Thompson (Devils Lake, N.D.) and Kelleher collected assists on the goal.
Hunter Miska (North Branch, Minn.) and Curtis Frye (Northwood, N.H.) combined to make 29 saves in the victory for the U.S., while the duo of Vyacheslav Volkov and Nikita Serebryakov combined to stop 31 shots in the loss for Russia.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team will begin tournament play against Slovakia on Friday (Nov. 11) at 6:00 a.m. EST. A full schedule is below.
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