It’s a busy week for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program with a combined four United States Hockey League games on the schedule. The U.S. National Under-18 Team plays once on the road and once at home while the U.S. National Under-17 Team heads out on the road for two.
SPLIT WEEKEND: The U.S. National Under-18 Team heads out on the road on Saturday to face the Chicago Steel before returning home to the Ann Arbor Ice Cube to entertain the Youngstown Phantoms on Sunday.
“We have another busy week, but it will be nice to get home and play on Sunday,” head coach Danton Cole said. “We will continue to work on different areas of our game and get ready for two different opponents this weekend.”
The U18s dropped a pair of games over the weekend at Cedar Rapids, falling 5-2 on Friday and 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday. In Friday’s game, Shane Gersich (Chaska, Minn.) and Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) registered the goals, while Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) made 11 saves. On Saturday, Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) tallied a pair of goals, while Louie Belpedio (Skokie, Ill.) had the other. Blake Weyrick (Ojai, Calif.) finished with 17 stops.
ROAD TRIPPING: The U.S. National Under-17 Team continues its road swing with two games this weekend. The U17s head to Youngstown, Ohio, to face the Phantoms on Friday before traveling to Muskegon, Mich., to play the Lumberjacks on Saturday.
“We continue our difficult stretch of games,” head coach Don Granato said. “We need to keep working hard and focus on the bigger picture of development and getting better each game. It was great to pick up the split last weekend on the road. The team really responded on Sunday and earned a hard-fought victory.”
The U17s split a pair of USHL road games this weekend, falling 7-4 at Lincoln on Saturday before beating Omaha 5-3 on Sunday.
Against Lincoln, Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) registered a pair of goals, while Jordan Greenway (Potsdam, N.Y.) and Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.) had single tallies. Michael Lackey (Washington, D.C.) kicked out 35 saves in net.
Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo.) had a pair of goals in the win over Omaha on Sunday evening. Brendan Warren (Carleton, Mich.), Bracco and Werenski also scored. Luke Opilka (St. Louis, Mo.) earned the win in net, finishing with 23 stops.
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