U18 Selects Fall to Finland, 8-2, in Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Follow College Hockey PROSPECTive on Twitter      @CHProspective

Press Release from USA Hockey

U.S. Under-18 Select Team Falls to Finland, 8-6,
at Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Erne Records Two Goals, Assist

BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Adam Erne (New Haven, Conn.) scored two goals and added an assist, but the U.S. Under-18 Select Team fell to Finland, 8-6, in its final preliminary-round game at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

“We put in a great effort but fell short,” said Matt Herr, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. “We started to find a rhythm and play well, but it’s hard to have a game plan for a game like that. We play against Slovakia on Friday, so we’ll try to find that groove again to be successful.”

After trailing 1-0 late in the first period, Erne took advantage on the power play and scored off a rebound from Anthony DeAngelo (Sewell, N.J.). Despite seeing few offensive chances, Finland reclaimed the lead with less than 30 seconds remaining.

Seven goals were scored in the second stanza. Over the opening eight minutes the teams traded five goals with Finland holding a 5-3 advantage. During the scoring spree, Finland netted their third goal, but Erne teamed up with Sean Malone (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Gabe Guertler (Plantation, Fla.) just 40 seconds later.

In the final eight minutes, Finland scored once more on Devin Williams (Saginaw, Mich.), but Trevor Moore (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) answered right back for the U.S. Team USA added two late goals from Guertler and Corey Ronan (Franklin, Mass.) to pull even with Finland, 5-5, heading into the final frame.

Finland came out fast in the third, scoring twice more before Vinny Lettieri (Minnetonka, Minn.) netted the sixth goal for the U.S. at 14:14 to pull back within one. With three minutes to go, Team USA pulled Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) in favor of an extra attacker, but Finland potted an empty net goal to seal the victory.

The U.S. will take the ice again on Friday (Aug. 17) against Slovakia. Puck drop is slated for 2:00 p.m. local time/9:00 a.m. EDT.
For complete Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament coverage, click here.

NOTES: Adam Erne was named U.S. Player of the Game.

First Period – Scoring: 1, FIN, Westernarck (Mustonen), 16:41; 2, USA, Erne (DeAngelo, Lettieri), 17:45 (pp); 3, FIN, Ojantakanen (Lyytinen), 19:31. Penalties: USA, Erne (slashing), 4:17; FIN, Puhakka (hooking), 17:02; USA, DeAngelo (slashing), 20:00.

Second Period – Scoring: 4, FIN, Mustonen (Ilvonen), 2:03; 5, USA, Erne (Malone, Guertler), 2:46; 6, FIN, Westermarck (Ilvonen), 4:19; 7, USA, Moore (DeAngelo), 5:44; 8, FIN, Puhakka (Ainali), 7:17 (pp); 9, USA, Guertler (Lettieri, Erne), 12:43 (pp); 10, USA, Ronan, 14:55. Penalties: USA, Bailey (high-sticking), 6:53; FIN, Ilvonen (holding), 10:49; FIN, Honka (hooking), 16:21; USA, Gicewicz (slashing), 17:31.

Third Period – Scoring: 11, FIN, Mustonen (Auito), 6:47 (sh); 12, FIN, Westermarck (Mustonen), 7:52; 13, USA, Lettieri (Lodge), 14:14; 14, FIN, Koivistoinen, 18:24 (eng). Penalties: FIN, Makinen (tripping), 5:07; USA, Clifton (slashing), 8:15; USA, Downing (charging), 13:25; USA, DeAngelo (checking the head), 19:15.
Shots By Period123Total

Leave a Response