U18 Selects Defeat Slovakia, 5-3, at 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

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Press Release from USA Hockey

U.S. Under-18 Select Team Defeats Slovakia, 5-3,
at 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Team USA Scores Three Power Play Goals in Final Game

PIESTANY, Slovakia – Adam Erne (New Haven, Conn.) scored two goals and added an assist while Anthony DeAngelo (Sewell, N.J.) registered three assists as the U.S. Under-18 Select Team defeated Slovakia, 5-3, in its final game at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

“We learned to play together and really accomplished that for 60 minutes today,” said Matt Herr, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. “We didn’t let down. We capitalized on the power play and were successful on the penalty kill to stay focused on what we needed to do to win.”

The U.S. had its best start of the tournament, holding a 2-0 lead for most of the first period. At 7:28, Gabe Guertler (Plantation, Fla.) scored the game’s first goal when he capitalized on the power play.

Five minutes later, Vinni Lettieri (Minnetonka, Minn.) got on the board, as he slipped behind the Slovakia defense and finished on a breakaway. Slovakia got one back late in the period to cut the U.S. lead to 2-1, but committed a penalty as time expired, giving Team USA a man advantage to begin the second stanza.

Just 1:11 into the second period, Erne scored a power play goal that would prove to be the only tally of the middle frame. Guertler and DeAngelo assisted on the play.

A hotly contested third period saw a combined four goals. After Slovakia was whistled for delaying the game prior to the start of the period, Erne potted his second power play goal of the contest at 1:24 while on a two-man advantage to extend the U.S. lead to 4-1. Slovakia scored the game’s next two goals, both on the power play, to pull within one. With four minutes to play, Justin Bailey (Williamsville, N.Y.) ripped the puck over the glove of Maros Mikolas to secure the victory for Team USA.

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Guertler (Downing, Erne), 7:28 (pp); 2, USA, Lettieri, 12:52; 3, SVK, Torok (Lantos), 14:25. Penalties: SVK, Paulovic (tripping), 4:46; SVK, Lantos (tripping), 6:06; SVK, Plesa (holding), 19:56.

Second Period – Scoring: 4, USA, Erne (Guertler, DeAngelo), 1:11 (pp). Penalties: USA, Weis (interference), 2:31; USA, Moore (slashing), 11:32; SVK, Bacik (holding), 17:27; SVK, Ambroz (roughing), 18:16; USA, Moore (roughing); 18:16; SVK, Soltes (delaying the game), 18:54; SVK, Paulovic (clipping), 19:42.

Third Period – Scoring: 5, USA, Erne (DeAngelo, Oglevie), 1:24 (5x3pp); 6, SVK, Rehak (Torok, Betak), 4:47 (pp); 7, SVK, Bacik (Pavlicek, Paulovic), 12:01 (pp); 8, USA, Bailey (Guertler, DeAngelo), 16:07. Penalties: SVK, Team (delaying the game), 0:00; USA, Lettieri (charging), 4:16; SVK, Plesa (charging), 5:40; USA, Bailey (slashing), 6:12; SVK, Soltes (roughing), 6:12; USA, Ronan (tripping), 7:57; USA, Malone (slashing), 10:14; SVK, Kasanicky (delaying the game), 14:04; SVK, Betak (interference), 16:14; SVK, Holenda (roughing), 19:05; SVK Holenda (roughing), 19:05; USA, Moore (major-slashing), 19:05; USA, Moore (game misconduct), 19:05; USA, Lettieri (roughing), 19:05; USA, Lettieri (roughing), 19:05; USA, DeAngelo (leaving the player bench), 19:05; USA, DeAngelo (leaving the player bench), 19:05; USA, DeAngelo (game misconduct), 19:05.




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