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The Five Nations Tournament is an annual matchup of the United States, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland featuring some of the world's best hockey players under the age of 17. This year marks a return to the United States as the Dallas Stars Dr. Pepper StarCenter will play host from August 9-13.
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T.J. Walsh (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) and Blake McLaughlin (Chicago Steel) had two goals apiece, and recent Wisconsin commit Christian Krygier (Lincoln Stars) added two assists in the United States 6-2 victory over Switzerland at the U17 Five Nations Tournament.
The Americans took an early 2-0 lead thanks to power play goals from Walsh and Jacob Semik (Dubuque Fighting Saints). Semik had a helper on Walsh’s goal, while Gavin Hain (Sioux Falls Stampede) and Brady Smith (Bloomington Thunder) picked up the assists on Semik’s tally. After the Swiss cut the lead in half to 2-1, Walsh added his second goal of the game with just 35 seconds remaining in the period to put the U.S. up 3-1 after twenty minutes of play.
McLaughlin made it a 4-2 game at 18:17 with assists from Krygier and Devlin McCabe (Madison Capitols) in response to an early Swiss tally in the second.
The Americans added two more goals in the third period to earn the 6-2 victory. McLaughlin lit the lamp for the second time in the game at 6:51, with another assist from Krygier, and Ryan Savage (Fargo Force) scored on a beautiful backhanded goal to put the game out of reach.
Team USA outshot Switzerland 32-24 in the game. The Americans also held the Swiss scoreless on their six power play opportunities while converting on both man advantage opportunities of their own. Goaltender Drew Deridder (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) was impressive early in the tournament stopping 22 of the 24 Swiss shots he faced in the win.
Blake McLaughlin (Chicago Steel) tallied his second two-goal game of the tournament, Ryan Savage (Fargo Force) added a pair of goals, and nine Americans earned multiple points in their 10-1 defeat of Slovakia at the U17 Five Nations Tournament.
Despite the dominant performance from the Americans, it was Slovakia who got off to the fast start early in the first period. Martin Fasko-Rudas (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) picked up the first goal of the game just 38 seconds into the opening frame to give his squad a quick 1-0 lead. After that, it was all Team USA, who scored three goals of their own in the first period courtesy of Jack Randl (Omaha Lancers), Jacob Semik (Dubuque Fighting Saints), and Savage. Jack Drury (Waterloo Black Hawks) picked up assists on the Randl and Savage goals, and the United States also earned helpers from Ethan Frisch (Green Bay Gamblers), Gavin Hain (Sioux Falls Stampede) and T.J. Walsh (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) in the initial 20 minutes, a period in which Team USA outshot Slovakia 27-6.
Savage picked up his second goal of the game in the middle period, with Hain and Walsh picking up assists. The Americans also had three other goal scorers in the second: Calen Kiefiuk (Bloomington Thunder), Devlin McCabe (Madison Capitols), and John Malone (Youngstown Phantoms). McLaughlin, Christian Krygier (Lincoln Stars), Semik, Brady Smith (Bloomington Thunder), Jeremy Davidson (Bloomington Thunder) and Ben Helgeson (Waterloo Black Hawks) also had assists in the period as Team USA had a 7-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Three more goals were scored by the Americans in the final period. McLaughlin picked up both of his tallies in the third, and Davidson picked up his second point of the game with a goal of his own. McCabe picked up a pair of assists in the final twenty minutes, while Kiefiuk, Drury and Hain earned helpers of their own.
The United States outshot Slovakia 62-16 in the game and converted on five of their six power play opportunities, while holding Slovakia scoreless on their five chances with the man advantage. Isaiah Saville (Madison Capitols) earned the start in net for the Americans and stopped all but one of the 16 shots he faced in the win.
Jack Randl (Omaha Lancers) and Devlin McCabe (Madison Capitols) had two points apiece and five other Americans scored a goal in Team USA’s 6-2 victory over the Czech Republic to clinch back-to-back U17 Five Nations Tournament titles on Friday at the Dr. Pepper Center in Dallas, Texas.
McCabe scored the first goal of the game just 1:25 into the opening period to give the United States an early lead. After the Czechs responded midway through the frame to tie the score at one, Team USA scored the next five goals to earn the win. Matt Gould (Sioux Falls Stampede), Ryan Savage (Fargo Force), Stanislav Demin (Des Moines Buccaneers), Gavin Hain (Sioux Falls Stampede), and Blake McLaughlin (Chicago Steel) all found the back of the net. The Americans also received assists from Randl, McCabe, Jack Drury (Waterloo Black Hawks), T.J. Walsh (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Jacob Semik (Dubuque Fighting Saints), John Malone (Youngstown Phantoms) and Jace Foskey (Tri-City Storm).
Drew Deridder (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) earned the win between the pipes for the United States, as he stopped all but one of the 26 Czech shots he faced. The win gave Team USA their second straight U17 Five Nations title. The Americans went undefeated in their four contests to earn the crown back in 2015, including a 5-4 win in the first game of the tournament against the Czech Republic.
12 Americans tallied multiple points as Team USA finished the U17 Five Nations Tournament with a perfect 4-0-0 record, dominating Germany by a score of 9-2 on Saturday.
The Americans scored the first four goals of the game as Gavin Hain (Sioux Falls Stampede), Blake McLaughlin (Chicago Steel), John Malone (Youngstown Phantoms) and Jack Drury (Waterloo Black Hawks) all found the back of the net to stake their country to a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. After Germany scored 31 seconds into the final frame, the US poured it on for five straight tallies from Hain, Calen Kiefiuk (Bloomington Thunder), Ryan Savage (Fargo Force) and two from Devlin McCabe(Madison Capitols). Four players had multiple assists for Team USA in the win: Kiefiuk, McCabe, McLaughlin and Christian Krygier (Lincoln Stars).
Both teams finished an identical 2 for 7 on the power play. Isaiah Saville (Madison Capitols) stopped 11 of the 13 shots he faced in net to earn the victory. McLaughlin and McCabe each scored 10 points in four games to lead the tournament in scoring.
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.