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Team USA Bests Atlantic to Stay Unbeaten in 2013 World Under-17 Challenge

12/30/2012, 5:45pm EST
By USA Hockey

Edwin Minney makes a pad save on Atlantic's Kameron Kielly. Photo by JC Pinheiro / Hockey Canada Images.

VICTORIAVILLE, Quebec – Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) scored one goal and added two assists, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team bested Canada's Team Atlantic, 6-3, at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge here today at the Colisee Desjardins. With the win, Team USA's record moves to 1-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L).

"We did a job of getting pucks on net and playing physical," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "It was important for us to earn three points in the standings and now we'll prepare for Quebec."


Sonny Milano scored Team USA's first goal of the game. Photo by JC Pinheiro / Hockey Canada Images.

Atlantic scored first with the man advantage at 6:10 of the first period. Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) netted a rebound goal on the power play at 7:47 to tie the game, 1-1. Ryan Collins (Bloomington, Minn.) had the initial shot on goal. Chris Wilkie (Omaha, Neb.) also assisted on the play. Team USA took the lead 24 seconds later when Jared Fiegl (Parker, Colo.) jammed the puck past Atlantic netminder Antoine Landry. Keegan Iverson (St. Louis Park, Minn.) and Joshua Wesley (Raleigh, N.C.) collected helpers on the tally. The U.S. extended its lead, 3-1, when Nathan Billitier (Spencerport, N.Y.) wristed a shot into the back of the net from just inside the blue line. Wilkie earned his second assist on the night on the power-play strike. Atlantic countered with its own special teams goal at 18:11 to inch closer to the U.S., who held on to a 3-2 lead after one period.

Team USA scored the lone goal in the middle frame when Larkin knocked the puck into the net as it slid through the crease. Johnathan MacLeod (Dracut, Mass.) and Ryan Bliss (Bedford, N.H.) assisted on the tally. The U.S. outshot Atlantic, 18-4, in the period.

Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.) tipped a Jack Glover (Golden Valley, Minn.) shot into the net at 3:59 of the final frame, giving Team USA a three-goal cushion. It was the third goal tallied with the man advantage for the U.S. Atlantic closed the gap, 5-3, at 10:05 with its third power-play marker of the game. All of Atlantic's goals came on the power play. On a delayed penalty call, Collins wristed a shot past Landry to seal the victory for the Americans, 6-3. Brandon Fortunato (North Hills, N.Y.) and Larkin assisted on Collins' goal.

Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) made 20 saves in the win for Team USA, while Landry kicked out 40 shots in the loss for Atlantic.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team continues tournament play against Canada's Team Quebec tomorrow (Dec. 31), in Victoriaville, Quebec at the Colisee Desjardins. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. A complete schedule can be found below.

NOTES: Dylan Larkin was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Team USA outshot Atlantic, 46-23 ... The U.S. finished 3-for-7 on the power play, while Atlantic went 3-for-9 with the man advantage ... The 2013 World Under-17 Challenge includes two pools of five teams. Pool A consists of teams from Finland, Canada's Team Pacific, Russia, Sweden and Canada's Team West. Pool B consists of teams from Canada's Team Atlantic, Canada's Team Ontario, Canada's Team Quebec, Slovakia and the United States ... The U.S. enters the tournament having captured first place three times (2001-02, 2010) and second place in 1999, 2008, 2011, 2012 ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #WU17 ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1, 2010, that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.

Players of the Game

U.S. National Under-17 Team
Dylan Larkin, forward (1 goal, 2 assists)

Canada Atlantic
Antoine Landry, goalie (40 saves)

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