Team USA stumbled out of the gate at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, dropping a 5-1 decision to the country that they had defeated to win gold four short months ago at the U18 World Championship, Finland.
The Finns came out flying in the first period, opening up a 4-0 lead that included two power play goals to cap off the first. The four goal outburst chased USA starter Stephen Dhillon from the net, allowing backup Dayton Rasmussen to turn in two periods of work. Rasmussen gave up just one goal the rest of the way, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Rasmussen, a Minnesota native, is a product of the Colorado Thunderbirds’ U16 program. He spent the 2014-15 season with the Thunderbirds, posting a 1.47 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 12 games. Rasmussen is committed to the University of Denver for the 2017-18 season, but will compete for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL before heading to the NCAA.
Hockey’s Future spoke with Rasmussen following the loss to Finland, with that conversation being captured in this HF video.
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