JONKOPING, Sweden - J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) scored two goals
and added an assist, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team rolled over the
Czech Republic, 5-1, at the 2013 Five Nations Tournament here today at
Kinnarps Arena. With the victory, Team USA's record improves to 1-0-0-1
"It was a total team effort today," said Don Granato, head coach of
the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "We have a lot of work remaining in
this tournament and will now focus on a tough matchup tomorrow."
Compher opened scoring for the U.S. at 12:54 of the first period.
Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) and Steven Santini (Mahopac, N.Y.)
registered assists on the play. With just over a minute remaining in the
frame, Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) doubled the Team USA lead. Trevor
Hamilton (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) assisted on the marker.
The Czech Republic netted a power-play goal to cut the U.S. lead in
half at 5:39 of the second stanza. Shane Eiserman (West Newbury, Mass.)
answered at 10:05 with Compher and Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.)
earning the helpers. Compher struck for the second time to put the
Americans up, 4-1, heading into the final frame. Keaton Thompson (Devils
Lake, N.D.) assisted.
Sean Malone (West Seneca, N.Y.) added to the U.S. advantage at 6:19
of the third period. Hamilton and Scott Savage (San Clemente, Calif.)
combined to set up the score. Team USA outshot the Czechs, 24-5, in the
frame and skated away with a 5-1 victory.
Evan Cowley (Evergreen, Colo. ) kicked out 17 shots in the win for
the U.S., while Rene Svoboda stopped 49 of 54 shots in the loss for the
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