PIESTANY, Slovakia - Adam Erne (New Haven, Conn.) scored two goals and added an assist while Anthony DeAngelo (Sewell, N.J.) registered three assists as the U.S. Under-18 Select Team defeated Slovakia, 5-3, in its final game at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
"We learned to play together and really accomplished that for 60 minutes today," said Matt Herr, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. "We didn't let down. We capitalized on the power play and were successful on the penalty kill to stay focused on what we needed to do to win."
The U.S. had its best start of the tournament, holding a 2-0 lead for most of the first period. At 7:28, Gabe Guertler (Plantation, Fla.) scored the game's first goal when he capitalized on the power play. Five minutes later,Vinni Lettieri (Minnetonka, Minn.) got on the board, as he slipped behind the Slovakia defense and finished on a breakaway. Slovakia got one back late in the period to cut the U.S. lead to 2-1, but committed a penalty as time expired, giving Team USA a man advantage to begin the second stanza.
Just 1:11 into the second period, Erne scored a power play goal that would prove to be the only tally of the middle frame. Guertler and DeAngelo assisted on the play.
A hotly contested third period saw a combined four goals. After Slovakia was whistled for delaying the game prior to the start of the period, Erne potted his second power play goal of the contest at 1:24 while on a two-man advantage to extend the U.S. lead to 4-1. Slovakia scored the game's next two goals, both on the power play, to pull within one. With four minutes to play, Justin Bailey (Williamsville, N.Y.) ripped the puck over the glove of Maros Mikolas to secure the victory for Team USA.
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NOTES: Adam Erne was named U.S. Player of the Game ... For the complete U.S. Under-18 Select Team roster, click here ... The 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament featured teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA finished the tournament in seventh place ... Team USA has finished in the top three of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament 10 times since the tournament's inception in 1991, including a first place finish in 2003. The U.S. has finished second seven times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010) and third twice (1991, 1995) ... Team USA finished fifth in 2011 and second in 2010 ... The 22 players on the roster represented 10 different states. Minnesota had five representatives, while New Jersey had four and California and New York each had three ... Matt Herr (Alpine, N.J.), head coach of the Kent School (Conn.), served as head coach and Bob Corkum (Salisbury, Mass), associate head coach at the University of Maine, and Nick Fohr (Grand Forks, N.D.), assistant coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, served as assistant coaches.
Scoring By Period
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Guertler (Downing, Erne), 7:28 (pp); 2, USA, Lettieri, 12:52; 3, SVK, Torok (Lantos), 14:25. Penalties: SVK, Paulovic (tripping), 4:46; SVK, Lantos (tripping), 6:06; SVK, Plesa (holding), 19:56.
Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Erne (Guertler, DeAngelo), 1:11 (pp). Penalties: USA, Weis (interference), 2:31; USA, Moore (slashing), 11:32; SVK, Bacik (holding), 17:27; SVK, Ambroz (roughing), 18:16; USA, Moore (roughing); 18:16; SVK, Soltes (delaying the game), 18:54; SVK, Paulovic (clipping), 19:42.
Third Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Erne (DeAngelo, Oglevie), 1:24 (5x3pp); 6, SVK, Rehak (Torok, Betak), 4:47 (pp); 7, SVK, Bacik (Pavlicek, Paulovic), 12:01 (pp); 8, USA, Bailey (Guertler, DeAngelo), 16:07. Penalties: SVK, Team (delaying the game), 0:00; USA, Lettieri (charging), 4:16; SVK, Plesa (charging), 5:40; USA, Bailey (slashing), 6:12; SVK, Soltes (roughing), 6:12; USA, Ronan (tripping), 7:57; USA, Malone (slashing), 10:14; SVK, Kasanicky (delaying the game), 14:04; SVK, Betak (interference), 16:14; SVK, Holenda (roughing), 19:05; SVK Holenda (roughing), 19:05; USA, Moore (major-slashing), 19:05; USA, Moore (game misconduct), 19:05; USA, Lettieri (roughing), 19:05; USA, Lettieri (roughing), 19:05; USA, DeAngelo (leaving the player bench), 19:05; USA, DeAngelo (leaving the player bench), 19:05; USA, DeAngelo (game misconduct), 19:05.
Shots By Period
|USA, Demko 60:00||7-8|
|SVK, Mikol 59:05|
Power Play: USA, 3-6; SVK, 2-8
Penalties: USA, 15-69; SVK, 14-26