U.S. Nat'l Under-18 Team Drops Two At College Opponents, Shifts Focus to USHL; Under-17 Team Continues Unbeaten Streak in USHL Action
THIS WEEK: The U.S. National Under-18 Team travels to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday (Jan. 28) to take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League at 7:05 p.m. CT, at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. On Saturday (Jan. 29), the road trip continues with a visit to Green Bay, Wis. where Team USA matches up against the Gamblers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT at the Resch Center.
The Under-17 Team enjoys a well-deserved weekend off after playing every weekend since the conclusion of the World U17 Challenge. The team will face Chicago (Feb. 4) before beginning preparation for the upcoming Vlad Dzurilla Tournament Feb. 6-13.
U18 TEAM DROPS TWO AGAINST COLLEGE FOES: J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) and Zac Larraza (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each contributed a goal, but the Under-18 Team fell to Quinnipiac University, 4-2, at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) scored once and added two assists and Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge, Mich.) recorded a goal and an assist, but the Under-18 Team was edged by Providence College, 5-4, at Schneider Arena last Saturday (Jan. 22).
U17 TEAM CONTINUES HOT STREAK IN USHL: Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) scored the deciding goal midway through the third period and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) made 22 saves as the Under-17 Team edged the Sioux Falls Stampede, 3-2, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. The win marked the fifth in a row for the Under-17 Team in USHL action.
NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: Two NTDP alumni were chosen as assistant captains for the 2011 National Hockey League All-Star Game this weekend: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./2004-06) will be assisting Red Wings defenseman and captain Nicklas Lidstrom, while Ryan Kesler (Livonia, Mich./2000-02), a forward for the Canucks, will assist Hurricanes forward and captain Eric Staal ... Kesler is currently tied for third in the NHL in scoring (27). His latest tally came in a 7-1 drubbing of the Dallas Stars on Monday (Jan. 24). Six of his 27 scores have been game-winners, tied for best in the league ... R.J. Umberger (Pittsburgh, Pa./1998-2000) scored the overtime goal in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators this past weekend ... Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (Ogdensburg, N.Y./2001-02) is tied for second place in victories between the pipes (23) and trails the league leaders by just one win ... Matt Carle (Anchorage, Alaska/2000-02) assisted on the overtime goal that gave the Philadelphia Flyers its 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals last week. The defenseman ranks seventh in plus-minus, posting a plus-21 mark in 49 games played.