Thursday, August 15, 2013

U.S. Under-17 Select Team Beats Switzerland, 7-1

Press Release sent to the World of Junior Hockey

 TRNAVA, Slovakia -- Michael Floodstrand (Hinsdale, Ill.) scored twice and Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) added a goal and two assists to help the U.S. Under-17 Select Team beat Switzerland, 7-1, today at the 2013 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.

"We stressed a very good start after the short rest and the players responded," said head coach Pat Mikesch. "The special teams executed very well today, and that will be key as we move forward in the tournament. We are looking forward to a day off with the players tomorrow."

Team USA started strong, scoring three first-period goals to build a quick lead. Floodstrand netted the first tally of the night on a well-placed shot to the short side just 1:50 into the game. Terry scored on a rebound nine minutes later, and Thomas Novak (River Falls, Wis.) added a power-play marker at 18:33.

Floodstrand converted for his second goal of the contest on a power play early in the middle frame. After taking a pass from William D'Orsi (Sudbury, Mass.), Floodstrand wired a shot over Switzerland goaltender Daniel Muff's glove at 1:48 of the period. Brent Gates (Grand Rapids, Mich.) pushed the lead to 5-0 on a tight-angle goal four minutes later, and goals by Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn.) and Nolan Aibel (Brookville, N.Y.) followed a Switzerland tally to close the scoring.

Samuel Miletic (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) recorded two assists; Boeser, Gates and Novak also had multi-point outings. Goaltenders Kris Oldham (Anchorage, Alaska) and Nicholas Vilardo (Clarence, N.Y.) split time in goal and combined for eight saves.

The U.S. squad was strong on special teams, converting on 3-of-4 power-play opportunities while killing off the only Switzerland man-advantage it faced.

The U.S. Under-17 Select Team will continue play in the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament on Saturday (Aug. 17) against Germany. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. ET.

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