2013 U18 WJC Video: Tommy Vanelli, USA

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Tommy Vannelli - USA

Photo: USA defenseman Tommy Vannelli split his time between the NTDP and Minnesota High School hockey during the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

With 14 players picking up points for Team USA in their 7-1 win over Latvia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, it was as good a time as any for defenseman Tommy Vannelli to pick up his first point of the tournament. Vannelli scored the final goal of the game to get off the U18 schneid.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: JT Compher, USA

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JT Compher - USA

Photo: Team USA captain JT Compher and his U18 teammates avoided a third straight tight U18 WJC contest as they defeated Latvia, 7-1 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

USA captain JT Compher and his teammates had played in two tight contests to begin the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, so the team no doubt welcomed a game in which there was little doubt of the outcome.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Mike McCarron, USA

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Mike McCarron - USA

Photo: USA forward Mike McCarron is a highly ranked player for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

After a tough loss in their opening game against Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, the USA bounced back to defeat the Czech Republic, 4-3, in another tight contest. The four-time defending gold medalists weathered a two-man disadvantage in the final frame to preserve their victory.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Jack Eichel, USA

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Jack Eichel - USA

Photo: Although this is Team USA forward Jack Eichel’s (#12) first appearance at the U18 WJC, he has represented his country at previous international tournaments (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Despite an opening game loss to Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, Team USA forward Jack Eichel's first U18 game was a memorable one. After all, how many 16-year-old's can say that they played their first U18 WJC game in front of a packed house that included the president from the host country?

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: USA going for fifth consecutive gold medal

by Radoslav Vavrina
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JT Compher - All-American Prospects Game

Photo: Team USA forward JT Compher has had a strong second half to his 2012-13 season, raising his stock for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It's difficult to think that the United States might not be able to defend their title from the last year and go on to win their fifth gold medal in a row and eighth in the history of the Under-18 World Junior Championship.

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