BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Dominic Turgeon (Denver, Colo.) scored the game's only goal, and goaltenders Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio) and Blake Weyrick (Ojai, Calif.) combined for a 27-save shutout to help the U.S. Under-18 Select Team defeat the Czech Republic, 1-0, in its lone pre-tournament game leading up to the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
"I was very pleased with the overall effort today; the compete level was extraordinary," said Bob Corkum, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. "Both of our goalies were great, and our penalty kill did a great job. We sacrificed bodies to make plays, and it was a good first game for us. We'll only get better from here."
Turgeon scored the game-winner when he converted on a rebound in front of Czech Republic goaltender Jan Pechek at 16:17 of the opening period.
Nedeljkovic, who started in net and played the first 36:07 of the game, turned away all 16 shots he faced. Weyrick entered the contest with 3:53 remaining in the middle period and stopped 11 shots to complete the Team USA shutout.
The U.S. Under-18 Select Team used tight defensive coverage to successfully kill off all eight Czech Republic power plays in the pre-tournament game.
Team USA begins play in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Monday (Aug. 5) against Finland.
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