Shane Eiserman battles for the puck with a Finnish player. Photo by Stefan Persson, Pic-Agency.com.
JONKOPING, Sweden - Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) tallied two goals, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team was tripped up by Finland, 4-2, at the 2013 Five Nations Tournament here today at Kinnarps Arena.
"We had a number of chances today but just couldn't convert," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "We'll take tomorrow to regroup and focus our efforts on facing the Czech Republic on Friday."
Team USA found the back of the net first at 7:18 of the opening frame. Kelleher potted the goal for the U.S. with the lone assist awarded to Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.). Finland struck back at 15:23 on the power play to knot the game at one goal apiece. The Americans outshot its opponent, 12-7, in the frame.
Finland grabbed the lead at 7:17 of the middle frame. Team USA fired 12 shots on Finnish netminder Juuse Saros, but could not find the equalizer before time expired on the period.
Kelleher notched the game-tying goal at 1:15 of the third period. Allen earned his second assist of the game on the score. Finland responded just under two minutes later to retake the lead, 3-2. Team USA found itself down by a pair of goals at 11:18 when Finland lit the lamp once more. The U.S. pulled its netminder at 19:26 in favor of the attacker, but the gamble would not generate the offense needed and the Americans fell, 4-2, to the Finns.
Hunter Miska (North Branch, Minn.) made 18 saves in the loss for Team USA, while Saros turned aside 36 shots in the victory for Finland.
NOTES: Tyler Kelleher was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. outshot Finland, 38-22 ... The U.S. finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while Finland went 1-for-5 ... Team USA is looking to reclaim the title at the U18 Five Nations Tournament after its four-year streak (2008-11) was snapped last year ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the Five Nations Tournament. Scores will be designated with the #5nationsU18 tag ... The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1, 2010 that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.
U.S. National Under-18 Team
Tyler Kelleher, forward (2 goals)
Juuse Saros, goaltender (36 saves)