U18 Select Team Drops 5-2 Decision to Czech Republic

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Press Release from USA Hockey

U.S. Under-18 Select Team Drops 5-2 Decision to Czech Republic
at Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Six Players Log Points in Loss

BRECLAV, Czech Republic – The U.S. Under-18 Select Team showed its offensive depth with six unique point-getters, but fell to the Czech Republic, 5-2, in its second preliminary-round game of the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

“We controlled the play for most of the game and played very well offensively,” said Matt Herr, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. “We can still move on to the next round. We just need to correct some mistakes and come out prepared.”

Team USA was able to jump out to the first lead at 12:28 of the first period. Adam Erne (New Haven, Conn.) received a pass from Karson Kuhlman (Cloquet, Minn.) and skated the length of the ice to score for the goal. Backed by nine saves from Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.), the U.S. held the Czech Republic scoreless in the first.

Drew Melanson (Paramus, N.J.) nearly made it two-goal lead when he was awarded a penalty shot early in the second period, but missed just wide of the net. The Czech Republic then took advantage when it scored two goals less than a minute apart. The Czech power play notched a goal at 6:29 and followed up with a breakaway goal just 54 seconds later.

The third period saw a combined four goals. After a pair of early Czech goals, Gabe Guertler (Plantation, Fla.) struck back for the U.S. off a pass from Jimmy Lodge (Downington, Pa.), but Team USA was unable to mount a complete comeback. The Czech Republic netted two late goals in the final stanza to secure the victory.

The U.S. will take the ice again on Wednesday (Aug. 15) when it squares off against Finland at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

Drew Melanson was named U.S. Player of the Game

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Erne (Kuhlman, Melanson), 12:28. Penalties: None.

Second Period – Scoring: 2, CZE, Kokes (Pokorny), 6:29 (pp); 3, CZE, Indrak (Slansky), 7:23. Penalties: CZE, Andrlik (slashing), 0:24; USA, DeAngelo (roughing), 3:54; CZE, Pokorny (hooking), 5:03; USA, Gicewicz (holding), 5:44; USA, Lodge (cross-checking), 9:50; CZE, Kokes (delaying the game), 9:50; USA, Lettieri (delaying the game), 12:27.

Third Period – Scoring: 4, CZE, Kase (Rob), 0:57; 5, CZE, Kase (Stencl), 12:45 (pp); USA, Guertler (Lodge, Lettieri), 12:54; CZE, Pokorny (Slanksy), 16:35. Penalties: USA, DeAngelo (slashing), 11:19; USA, Lettieri (roughing), 17:46; USA, Lodge (checking from behind), 19:24.


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