CHOMUTOV, Czech Republic - The U.S. Under-17 Select Team defeated Slovakia, 4-2, here today in its final game at the 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament, capturing first place with an unblemished 4-0-0 record.
"The term we came up with was 'relentless' and we were just that," said Barry Smith, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "Our work ethic was second to none, and when you combine talent with work ethic, that's tough to beat."
After falling behind 2-0, the U.S. got on the board at 8:38 of the middle stanza when Dylan Pavelek(Marysville, Mich.) broke free and scored shorthanded.
With an extra attacker during a delayed penalty call, Seamus Malone (Naperville, Ill.) slipped a backhand shot past the Slovakian netminder to tie the game at two just 3:18 into the third period. Minutes later, Joey Dudek (Auburn, N.H.) took the puck to the net and fired a shot high into the top right corner of the net, giving Team USA its first lead of the game. Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.) sealed the victory on the power play, putting home a rebound off a shot by Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.).
The U.S. finished the 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament undefeated, outscoring its opponents 20-6 in four games.
Notes: Seamus Malone was named U.S. Player of the Game ... The 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament included teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... The 20 players on the U.S. roster represented 12 different states. Minnesota leads the way with five players, while Michigan and Illinois each have three.
Scoring By Period
First Period - Scoring: 1, SVK, Bajanik (Mistama), 8:10. Penalties: SVK, Cernak (interference), 10:10; SVK, Krajean (interference), 12:30.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, SVK, Adrian (Mistama), 5:28; 3, USA, Pavelek, 8:38 (sh). Penalties: USA, Fortunato (interference), 8:27; SVK, Koch (tripping), 9:13.
Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Malone (Dougherty, Pavelek), 3:18; 5, USA, Dudek, 10:44; 6, USA, Poganski (Malone, Connor), 12:44 (pp). Penalties: USA, Fortunato (tripping), 0:22; SVK, Koch (slashing), 3:28; USA, Nardella (interference), 4:32; SVK, Mily (tripping), 11:16.
Shots By Period
|USA, Schierhorn 60:00|
|SVK, Nemsie 60:00|
Power Play: USA, 1-5; SVK, 0-3
Penalties: USA, 3-6; SVK, 5-10
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/W, 5-2|
|Sat., Aug. 11||Slovakia||12:00 p.m. / 6:00 a.m.||Chomutov/W, 4-2|