Colin White is mobbed by his teammates after scoring in the first period against Indiana. Photo by Tom Sorensen.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Colin White (Hanover, Mass.) recorded the lone goal for the U.S. National Under-17 Team, as Team USA fell to the Indiana Ice, 4-1, tonight at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.
Indiana started the scoring at the 1:23 mark after the U.S. was whistled for an early penalty just 28 seconds into the game. White pulled the U.S. even with a power-play tally of his own at 8:34. Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.) started the play from deep in the right corner. Tkachuk stepped out from behind the goal line and fired a shot that bounced out to Michael Floodstrand (Hinsdale, Ill.). Indiana goaltender Samu Perhonen kicked Floodstand’s attempt out to White, who buried the puck into the net for the score. The Ice took the lead for good at 9:47 when a wrist shot found its way over Under-17 Team goaltender Michael Lackey’s (Washington, D.C.) shoulder.
The Ice added two tallies in the second stanza, both coming on miscues during line changes. Indiana capitalized on a partial breakaway at 12:35 while both teams attempted to get fresh legs on the ice. The 4-1 win was sealed with 1:36 left in the middle frame. After Indiana dumped the puck in, it caromed off the back boards and bounced into Lackey’s feet. The lone Indiana forward who remained on the ice tucked the puck through his legs for the final goal of the game.
Lackey turned aside all 12 shots he faced in the third period, but Team USA was unable to find its scoring touch before the final buzzer sounded.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team will next hit the road for the first time this season to play two teams from the Minnesota Elite League. Team USA will play in New Hope, Minn. at the New Hope Ice Arena on Oct. 12-13. Both games start at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Indiana forward Jacob Pritchard skated in four games total between the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Team last season ... Download the Sport Ngin Mobile App for Apple iOS and Android devices and follow the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams. Fans, parents, athletes and coaches now have unprecedented access to scores, stats, schedules, photos and more. The app is free and allows users to track scores and news updates from one team. Those wishing to follow more than one team can make a simple in-app purchase of $1.99. Click here to download the app.