ARVENPAA, Finland - Blake Weyrick (Ojai, Calif.) made 26 saves, as
the U.S. National Under-17 Team was edged by Sweden, 4-3, at the 2013
Five Nations Tournament here today at Jarvenpaa Arena. With the loss,
Team USA's record drops to 0-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L).
"This was a tough setback today," said Danton Cole, head coach of the
U.S. National Under-17 Team. "Each remaining game in the tournament
stills holds importance to us. We will continue to work hard every shift
and learn from our experiences."
Sweden tallied the first goal of the contest at 1:12 of the opening
period. The U.S. trailed, 2-0, after the Swedes found the back of the
net at 7:13. Team USA cut into the lead at 17:11 on the power play. Jack
Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) potted the goal with Ryan Bliss
(Bedford, N.H.) and Louis Belpedio (Skokie, Ill.) earning the assists.
Seamus Malone (Naperville, Ill.) knotted the game, 2-2, at 2:44 of
the second stanza. The power-play marker was assisted on by Ryan
Hitchcock (Manhasset, N.Y.). Sweden regained the lead, scoring with the
man advantage at 13:21. Team USA entered the intermission down, 3-2.
The Swedes regained its two-goal cushion at 1:23 of the third stanza.
Down a pair of scores late in the frame, the U.S. pulled Weyrick in
favor of the extra attacker. Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) converted
to draw Team USA to within one at 18:36. Brandon Fortunato (North Hills,
N.Y.) collected the lone helper. The Americans again called Weyrick to
the bench in search of the game-tying tally, but Sweden held the U.S.
Weyrick made 26 saves in the loss for Team USA, while Felix Sandstrom turned aside 29 shots in the victory for Sweden.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team continues tournament play tomorrow
(Feb. 9) versus the Czech Republic. Game time is scheduled for 6 a.m.
EST at Jarvenpaa Arena.
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