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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: USA to play for bronze after loss to Finland

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: USA to play for bronze after loss to Finland

Photo: Team USA goaltender and 2016 prospect Joseph Woll will be attending Boston College starting in the Fall of 2016 (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Team USA breezed through the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship with four wins, then won their quarterfinal match against the Czech Republic by an 8-0 count. The stage seemed to be set for the USA to once again play for U18 gold, this time in front of a home crowd in Grand Forks, ND. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: USA’s Keller adding exclamation point to solid campaign

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: USA’s Keller adding exclamation point to solid campaign

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Clayton Keller competed for the NTDP squad in the 2015-16 season, posting 13 goals and 37 points in 23 USHL games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

While the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship isn’t quite the NHL Draft preview that it has been in other years, there are some players at the tournament in Grand Forks, ND that have given NHL scouts something to chew on with the tournament and season winding down. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Well-oiled USA machine defeats Czech Republic, faces Finland

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Well-oiled USA machine defeats Czech Republic, faces Finland

Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2016 prospect Adam Fox competed in 25 USHL games for the NTDP squad in 2015-16, scoring five goals and 22 points in those games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Team USA picked up right where they left off in the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, putting forth a steady and relentless attack in their quarterfinal match against the Czech Republic that ended in an 8-0 win for the host country. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Jost making his presence felt for Canada

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Jost making his presence felt for Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2016 prospect Tyson Jost competed for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL in 2015-16, scoring 42 goals and 104 points in 48 games for that club (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

After watching Finland forward Eeli Tolvanen (Sioux City – USHL) notch a hat trick in the first quarterfinal game of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship played at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, Team Canada forward Tyson Jost (Penticton – BCHL) decided to get in on the action with a hat trick of his own in a 9-1 win over Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Switzerland drops quarterfinal match but remains in top division

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Switzerland drops quarterfinal match but remains in top division

Photo: Team Switzerland forward and 2016 prospect Marco Miranda played for the GC Küsnacht Lions of the NLB in 2015-16, scoring 10 goals and 15 points in 36 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship came to an end in the quarterfinals for Team Switzerland after they dropped a 9-1 decision to Canada. While the quarterfinal outcome wasn’t pretty, the Swiss live to fight another day at the top level of the U18 tournament as they maintain class for next year’s event that will take place in Magnitogorsk, Russia. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Canada rolls over Switzerland to advance to semi-finals

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Canada rolls over Switzerland to advance to semi-finals

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2016 prospect Cameron Morrison competed for the Youngstown Phantoms in 2015-16, scoring 34 goals and 66 points in 60 USHL games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

A game that was fairly close after one period of play turned into an eight-goal margin of victory for Team Canada as they downed Switzerland by a 9-1 score in the quaterfinals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship in Grand Forks, ND. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland’s Tolvanen giving a preview of things to come in 2017

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland’s Tolvanen giving a preview of things to come in 2017

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2017 prospect Eeli Tolvanen competed for the Sioux City Musketeers in 2015-16, scoring 17 goals and 38 points in 49 USHL games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Team Finland has scored 17 goals so far at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Forward Eeli Tolvanen (Sioux City – USHL) has netted six of those goals, with three of those goals coming in his country’s 4-3 quaterfinal win over Russia. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland downs Russia, earns date with the USA

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland downs Russia, earns date with the USA

Photo: Team Finland defenseman and 2017 prospect Robin Salo has chipped in a goal in five games for his country at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

In what ended up being the closest of the four quarterfinal matches at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, Team Finland defeated Russia by a 4-3 score.

A goal by by Russian forward Yaroslav Alexeyev (MVD Balashikha – RUS) drew his team within one of Finland with 7:29 remaining in the third period, but Russia could not produce the equalizer in the remaining time. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, April 2016: Rookies could make a difference in Eastern playoffs

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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, April 2016: Rookies could make a difference in Eastern playoffs

Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Frank Vatrano led the AHL in goals in 2015-16 with 36 in 36 games (courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)

The field is set for the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, and eight teams in the Eastern Conference are ready to battle it out for the AHL’s ultimate prize – the beloved Calder Cup.

While teams like Toronto, Albany, Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton cruised into the postseason in the final months, the other half of the conference’s playoff teams had some work to do to get where they are now as the AHL’s ‘second’ season gets underway. Read more »

Share of AHL rookie award in hand, Rampage’s Rantanen sets sights on NHL

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Share of AHL rookie award in hand, Rampage’s Rantanen sets sights on NHL

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen finished second in AHL rookie scoring behind the Providence Bruins’ Austin Czarnik, scoring 24 goals and 60 points in 52 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Mikko Rantanen didn’t plan on or expect to win the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding rookie.

The 19-year-old Finland native and Colorado Avalanche prospect knew he had a strong season, but looking across the league he knew the goal-per-game rate (albeit in less games) of the Providence Bruins’ Frank Vatrano would be tough to beat. Read more »

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