CHOMUTOV, Czech Republic - The U.S. Under-17 Select Team scored three power-play goals and Chris Birdsall (Anchorage, Alaska) made 20 saves in a 5-0 shutout win over Switzerland in its second preliminary-round game at the 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.
"We started getting pucks and bodies to the net in the second period," said Barry Smith, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "Our team has been making changes and adjustments and we've gone out and been successful so far."
After a scoreless first period, the U.S. scored three unanswered goals in the second. Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.) began the scoring on the power-play as he tipped a hard shot from Brandon Fortunato (North Hills, N.Y.) past the Switzerland goaltender. Robert Nardella (Rosemont, Ill.) increased the U.S. lead just over a minute later. Nardella received the puck from Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn.) and rocketed a shot from the point short side. Shane Gersich (Chaska, Minn.) scored Team USA's third goal when he slammed home a back-door pass from Dougherty.
The U.S. continued its offensive success in the third period. Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.) found the back of the net on a five-on-three power play after a creative pass from Fortunato put him behind the Swiss defenders. Seamus Malone (Naperville, Ill.) finished the scoring for the U.S., as he buried a rebound with less than two minutes remaining.
Notes: Birdsall was named U.S. Player of the Game ... For the complete U.S. Under-17 Select Team roster, click here ... Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news from the tournament ... The 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament includes teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... Barry Smith (Whitefish, Mont.) serves as head coach, while Pat Mikesch (Hancock, Mich.) fills the role of assistant coach for the 2012 U.S. Under-17 Select team ... The 20 players on the U.S. roster represent 12 different states. Minnesota leads the way with five players, while Michigan and Illinois each have three.
Scoring By Period
First Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: SUI, Ottiger (slashing), 5:42; SUI, Dunner (slashing), 6:26; USA, Vickerman (charging), 14:42.
Second Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Poganski (Fortunato, Gersich), 4:50 (pp); 2, USA, Nardella (Dougherty, Gersich), 6:03; 3, USA, Gersich (Dougherty),15:17. Penalties: SUI, Maurer (hooking), 4:36; USA, Pavelek (hooking), 5:20; SUI, Glauser (slashing), 5:57; USA, Team (too-many-men), 7:01; USA, Ghafari (tripping), 8:42; SUI, Marcquat (hooking), 9:29; USA, Gersich (high-sticking), 9:29; USA, Munson (slashing), 12:00; SUI, Fiolia (misconduct), 19:05.
Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Connor (Fortunato), 2:52 (pp); 5, USA, Malone (Connor), 18:56 (pp). Penalties: SUI, Maurer (hooking), 1:29; USA, Dudek (misconduct), 1:29; SUI, Triscomi (charging), 1:29; SUI, Helchner (hooking), 7:26; USA, Nardella (slashing), 16:07; SUI, Dunner (high-sticking), 17:45.
Shots By Period
|USA, Birdsall 60:00|
|SUI, Deischoux 60:00|
Power Play: USA, 3-8; SUI, 0-7
Penalties: USA, 8-24; SUI, 10-26
Team USA 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament Schedule
August 7-11 - Czech Republic
|Sun., Aug. 5||Czech Republic*||5:00 p.m. / 11:00 a.m.||Chomutov/W, 6-2|
Wed., Aug. 8
|Germany||6:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m.||Chomutov/W, 6-2|
|Thurs., Aug. 9||Switzerland||6:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m.||Chomutov/W, 5-0|
|Fri., Aug. 10||Czech Republic||6:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m.||Chomutov|
|Sat., Aug. 11||Slovakia||12:00 p.m. / 6:00 a.m.||Chomutov|