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Ivan Hlinka USHL Update

08/11/2016, 2:00am CDT

Updates from all of the USHL players participating in the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is an annual event held each August for national under-18 teams from around the world. This year’s tournament will be played from August 8-13 with teams from the United States, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Switzerland, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden.


Named for one of the first Czech hockey stars, the tournament began in 1991 as a three-team showcase. Between 1997 and 2002, the format shifted to the current eight-team tournament. It was then named after Hlinka in 2007, three years after his passing.


Blow are daily updates from players listed on USHL 30-man rosters playing in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup:



August 8th:

Michael Pastujov (Team USA) led the way scoring two points, including a goal that he put in off of the goaltender to give the Americans a 3-2 lead. Brannon McManus (Omaha Lancers) and Tommy Miller (Team USA) each chipped in an assist, while former Lincoln Stars forward Ryan Poehling scored the overtime-winning goal. Goaltender Keith Petruzzelli (Muskegon Lumberjacks) stopped 22 of 25 shots in net for the win. Team Finland was led by defenseman Eero Teräväinen (Lincoln Stars) who scored two goals including the tally that forced overtime. Santeri Virtanen (Dubuque Fighting Saints) also picked up an assist.


August 9th:

Michael Pastujov (Team USA) continued his dominating offensive play with a goal and assist in Team USA’s 4-3 victory. Pastujov also was at the front of the net when a bouncing puck entered the crease, forcing a turnover by the Swiss defender who scored an own goal. Mick Messner (Madison Capitols) scored an unassisted tally to force a 3-3 tie prior to Team USA pulling away. Cayden Primeau (Lincoln Stars) was solid in net, stopping 18 of 21 shots including a late Swiss attack. Team USA is now 2-0-0 in Cup play. Team Russia was led by 16-year old forward Andrei Svechnikov (Muskegon Lumberjacks), who started a late third period rally. The goal was Svechnikov’s first of the tournament.


August 10th:

Former Lincoln Stars forward Ryan Poehling scored a hat trick, leading Team USA to a 4-2 win. Poehling has worn the captain’s ‘C’ for the Americans all tournament and has scored four goals, including two game-winners. Michael Pastujov (Team USA) leads the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in scoring with seven points in three games, including five assists. Pastujov dished out three in the 4-2 win. Goaltender Cayden Primeau (Lincoln Stars) was sharp in net, stopping 23 of 25 shots including a big save on a breakaway with the game still tied. Andrei Svechnikov (Muskegon Lumberjacks) scored twice for Team Russia in a 5-2 win over Slovakia. Shane Bowers (Waterloo Black Hawks) started the scoring for Team Canada in a 4-1 win over Team Sweden. Bowers was one of five players on Team Canada to score a goal in the tournament.


August 12th:

The United States overcame three different one-goal deficits to pull off a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over Russia on Friday to advance to the final of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.


Mick Messner (Madison Capitols) responded to Russia’s 1-0 lead with a goal of his own to even the score early in the first. Ryan Poehling (Lincoln Stars) and Michael Pastujov (Team USA) added the helpers on the Messner tally. After Russia took a 2-1 lead with just over three minutes remaining in the period, Poehling tallied a second assist on a goal by Vanya Lodnia with 1:13 remaining in the frame to even the score after 40 minutes. Both teams scored one goal each in the third period to send the game into overtime, where Pastujov scored an unassisted game-winner  to send Team USA to the Final. The Americans outshot the Russians 37-32 in the win. Cayden Primeau (Lincoln Stars) earned the victory between the pipes as he stopped 29 Russian shots to help his country advance to the final.


August 13th:

Mick Messner (Madison Capitols) had two points, and Clayton Phillips (Fargo Force), Reilly Walsh (Chicago Steel), Ryan Poehling (Lincoln Stars) and Tommy Miller (Team USA) contributed points of their own as the United States was knocked off 4-3 by the Czech Republic in the final of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Saturday.


After the Czechs picked up the first goal of the game 9:14 into the opening period, the Americans responded with just under three minutes remaining in the frame to tie the game at one apiece. Messner, with assists from Walsh and Poehling, scored 1:08 into the middle frame to give the Americans the lead. After the Czechs tied the score at 10:34, Miller responded just 27 seconds later to retake the lead for Team USA.


Messner tallied his second point with an assist on the goal. The lead wasn’t held for very long, though, as the Czech Republic tied the score at three heading into the third period. The Czechs scored the only goal of the final 20 minutes to defeat the Americans and win the tournament for the first time in the country’s history. Cayden Primeau (Lincoln Stars) was stellar in goal yet again for the Americans, as he stopped 29 shots, including 14 of 15 in the third period when Team USA was outshot 15-2.


For complete coverage of Team USA click HERE.



Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16.  A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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