U.S. squad captures gold medal for eighth time in tournament history
The U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team earned a 5-2 win on Sunday against the Czech Republic to win the gold medal at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Lappeenranta, Finland.
Auston Matthews scored a pair of goals in the gold-medal game while defenseman Jack Dougherty, and forwards Sonny Milano and Dylan Larkin each tallied a goal.
It was the sixth consecutive victory in the 2014 tournament for Team USA. After dropping their opener to Switzerland, they earned victories over Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia, and Sweden before knocking off Czech Republic again to win the championship. The United States outscored their opponents by a total of 31-12 in the tournament.
Team USA was made up almost entirely of players that competed in the USHL during the 2013-14 season. In addition to players from the National Team Development Program, Kyle Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms joined the squad for the tournament and he recorded a point in all seven contests (4g, 3a) while also tying for first among all players in the event with a plus-eight rating.
Jack Eichel (5g, 5a) and Sonny Milano (3g, 7a) led the U.S. Team with 10 points each, tying for third in scoring among all tournament players. Auston Matthews tied for the team lead with five goals.
It is the eighth time the United States has won gold at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship, including the fifth time over the last six years. Their eight gold medals is the most all-time of any country in the tournament.
Team USA’s Under-18 squad finished 19-5-2 in USHL competition this season.
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