Tuesday, April 27, 2010

USA U-18 team wins gold

MINSK, Belarus – Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.) made 33 saves as the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team captured its second consecutive gold medal at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Under-18 Championship after downing Sweden, 3-1, here tonight at Minsk Arena. Team USA closed out tournament play with a 6-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record while outscoring its opponents, 33-7.

"This has been one of the neatest experiences I've had as a coach and one of the better groups I've ever had the chance to work with," said Kurt Kleinendorst, head coach of Team USA. "I had heard so many things about [USA Hockey's National Team Development Program] prior, with regard to how special it was and how good this group was to work with. I think winning the gold medal is just the perfect ending to a great season."

The U.S. got the start it wanted when Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) deflected Derek Forbort's (Duluth, Minn.) shot past netminder Johan Gustafsson just 2:10 into the game. Campbell stopped all nine first-period shots he faced, many of which came on a five-minute power play for Sweden.

Team USA kept the pressure on when Nick Shore (Denver, Colo.) dug the puck out of the corner and fed Austin Czarnik (Washington, Mich.), who then slid the puck to a charging Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn.), who flipped it over Gustafsson at the 7:31 mark of the middle frame. Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) made it 3-0 when he redirected Adam Clendening's (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) wrist shot just inside the left post at 13:47 of the second period.

Despite a goal from Ludvig Rensfeldt at 6:54 of the third period, Team USA held off the relentless Swedish attack. Campbell stopped eight shots in the final frame to shut the door.

NOTES: Jack Campbell received the directorate award as the tournament's best goaltender and was also named Team USA's Player of the Game today. Campbell finishes his Under-18 career with a 0.80 goals-against average and .966 save percentage, to go along with five shutouts in 10 games played. He had not allowed a goal in 274:12 minutes of action until Sweden's goal at 6:54 of the third period ... Campbell and Adam Clendening received tournament media all-star honors and, along with Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.), were named Team USA's best three players ... Campbell and Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev.) became the first two American men at any level to capture three IIHF gold medals after winning the top prize at the 2009 World Men's Under-18 Championship, the 2010 World Junior Championship and the 2010 World Under-18 Championship ... Clendening (3-7--10), Nick Shore (3-7--10) and Rocco Grimaldi (2-8--10) tied for the U.S. lead with 10 points each ... The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team became the first U.S. National Team to earn a gold medal in a former Soviet Socialist State at any level ... The U.S. has earned an unprecedented seven consecutive medals at the IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championship, which includes four gold (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), two silver (2004, 2007) and one bronze (2008). Team USA also captured the gold medal in 2002. Team USA's eight overall medals are tied with Russia for the most ever at the IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championship ... The United States owns the title in each of the IIHF amateur championships with gold medals at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2010 IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championship. Additionally, the U.S. is the defending champion at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and World Junior A Challenge, giving it four international titles at the Under-20 level.


Scoring By Period

SWE 0 0 1 -- 1
USA 1 2 0 -- 3

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Moffatt (Forbort, Grimaldi), 2:10. Penalties: USA, Watson (boarding), 13:04; USA, Watson (game misconduct), 13:04; SWE, Nordstrom (roughing), 17:43; USA, Saad (slashing), 19:26; SWE, Larsson (roughing), 19:26.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Faulk (Shore, Czarnik), 7:31; 3, USA, Grimaldi (Zucker, Clendening), 13:47 (pp). Penalties: SWE, Granberg (tripping), 5:25; SWE, Friberg (hooking), 13:33; USA, Faulk (holding), 16:38.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, SWE, Rensfeldt (Brodin, Ottosson), 6:54. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
SWE 9 16 9 34
USA 13 17 3 33

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
SWE, Gustafsson, 58:10 13-12 17-15 3-3 33-30
USA, Campbell, 60:00 9-9 16-16 9-8 34-33

Power Play: SWE 0-3; USA 1-3
Penalties: SWE 4-8; USA 4-29
Officials: Referees - Stephan Bauer (GER), Sami Partanen (FIN); Linesmen - Chris Carlson (CAN), Jiri Gebauer (CZE)
Attendance: 12,820

Team USA 2010 IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championship Results
April 13-23 • Minsk & Bobruisk, Belarus

Date Opponent Location Result
Thurs., April 8 Belarus (Exh.) Soligorsk W, 13-2
Sat., April 10 Slovakia (Exh.) Bobruisk W, 7-3
Tues., April 13 Sweden Bobruisk L, 2-4
Wed., April 14 Switzerland Bobruisk W, 5-1
Fri., April 16 Canada Bobruisk W, 5-0
Sun., April 18 Belarus Bobruisk W, 7-1
Tues., April 20 Czech Republic (QF) Minsk W, 6-0
Wed., April 21 Finland (SF) Minsk W, 5-0
Fri., April 23 Sweden* Minsk W, 3-1
*-Gold-Medal Game

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