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Seitz, Team USA claim silver at Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup; Roberts, Meireles and Team Canada drop Finland

 

The 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup wrapped up on the weekend with Rangers forward Dylan Seitz and Team USA claiming silver. Forward Greg Meireles, defenceman Elijah Roberts and Team Canada won their final game of the tournament, 4-3, over Finland to take fifth place.

 

via USA Hockey

BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Cayden Primeau made 29 saves, but the United States was edged, 4-3, by the Czech Republic in the championship game of the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

“Our team competed real hard,” said Clark Donatelli, head coach of the 2016 U.S. Under-18 Select Team. “We didn’t get the result we wanted but all of the guys should be very proud of themselves for the way they represented their country. ”

Filip Zadina gave the host Czechs a 1-0 lead 9:14 into the game, but Sasha Chmelevski tied the game, 1-1, on the power play when he collected the rebound from Clayton Phillips’ shot and beat Czech goaltender Jakub Skarek from a sharp angle with 2:51 left in the opening period.

Mick Messner staked the U.S. a 2-1 advantage just 1:08 into the middle frame with assists from Ryan Poehling and Reilly Walsh.  The Czechs responded at 10:26 on Filip Chytil’s tally, but Team USA regained a 3-2 lead just 27 seconds later when defenseman Tommy Miller beat Skarek with a high shot on an odd-man rush. Zadina netted his second goal for the Czechs late in the period to level the score, 3-3, entering the second intermission.

Ondrej Machala scored during the course of a five-minute Czech power play with 7:37 remaining in the game to account for the game-winner. Team USA pulled its goaltender in favor of an extra attacker late in the game but was unable to get the equalizer.

The U.S., which made its first appearance in the championship game since 2013, completed the tournament with a 2-2-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) mark. Team USA has now finished in the top two of the tournament on nine different occasions.

 

via Hockey Canada

BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Michael Rasmussen scored the game-winning goal with 8:36 to go, giving Canada a 4-3 win over Finland in the fifth-place game Friday at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

With the Canadians enjoying a two-man advantage, Owen Tippett found Rasmussen at the side of the Finnish net, and he calmly went to the forehand to beat goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from in close.

Ian Mitchell scored twice and added an assist, and Joseph Veleno chipped in with three helpers to lead the Canadian offence.

Canada leaned on its power play in the win, converting three times in six chances with the man advantage.

But it was the Finnish power play that got the scoring started, with Sami Moilanen finishing off a tic-tac-toe passing play by beating Canadian netminder Michael DiPietro on a five-on-three just 5:04 after the puck dropped.

Mitchell got it back for Canada with just 24 seconds left in the first period, taking a no-look drop pass from Veleno before firing a low wrist shot past Luukkonen for the first goal scored by a Canadian defenceman in the tournament.

He added a second three minutes into the second period, taking another drop pass from Veleno before rifling a shot past a screened Luukkonen on a Canadian power play.

Veleno played set-up man again on the 3-1 goal midway through the middle frame, finding Nick Suzuki alone at the face-off dot for Canada’s second power-play marker of the period.

The Finns would cut into the Canadian lead with 4:58 left in the second period when Linus Nyman went five-hole on DiPietro on a breakaway, making it a 3-2 game after 40 minutes.

Santeri Virtanen pulled Finland even six minutes into the third with another power-play goal, but Rasmussen’s winner less than six minutes later was the difference.

Although its eight-year run as gold medallists came to an end, Canada improved its all-time record at summer under-18 tournaments to an impressive 85-13-6 (W-L-T) since first taking part in 1991.

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