The U.S. National Under-17 Team says goodbye to Ann Arbor, Mich. as it travels west for another United States Hockey League road game, while the Under-18 Team hosts a college game this week.
A FORMIDABLE COLLEGE FOE: The U.S. National Under-18 Team faces Adrian College at 7 p.m. EST Tuesday at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Adrian is the top ranked team in NCAA Division III.
“The college games are always tough,” said head coach Danton Cole, whose squad is 5-8-0 (W-L-T) against college teams this season. “There are times where we don’t get the results we want, but we are doing the things we need to do to get a win. Adrian will be a good test for us on Tuesday.”
The U18s swept a pair of USHL road games last week, beating Youngstown 4-2 on Friday before defeating Muskegon 7-0 on Saturday.
In the win over Youngstown, Nolan Stevens (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Ryan Bliss (Chelmsford, Mass.), Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) and Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) tallied the goals.
Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) kicked out 38 shots to earn the shutout at Muskegon. Anders Bjork (Mequon, Wis.) paced the offensive with a pair of goals, while Dylan Pavelek (Marysville, Mich.), Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn.), Shane Gersich (Chaska, Minn.) and Nathan Billitier (Spencerport, N.Y.) added single tallies.
STUCK ON THE ROAD: The U.S. National Under-17 Team heads back on the road this week to face the Indiana Ice on Thursday. The game marks the 11th straight USHL road contest for the U17s.
“We need to keep pushing forward,” head coach Don Granato said. “This has been a difficult stretch of road contests. The game against Indiana is the last game before our final international contest of the season, so we can’t look ahead. We need to be focused on the game at hand.”
The U17s dropped a 2-1 road decision in overtime to the Green Bay Gamblers on Saturday. Brendan Warren (Carleton, Mich.) recorded the lone goal, while goalie Michael Lackey (Washington, D.C.) finished with 21 saves.
After inclement weather pushed the Muskegon game back to Sunday, the U17s dropped a 5-2 decision. Casey Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) and Michael Floodstrand (Hinsdale, Ill.) recorded the goals. Luke Opilka (St. Louis, Mo.) finished with 44 stops in net.
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