Although Team USA has medaled many times at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, they have taken gold just once in a tournament dominated by the Canadians. The Americans were hoping to take a shot a gold at the 2015 edition of this event, but got off to a slow start in dropping a 5-1 decision to Finland on Day 1.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first period, the U.S. regained their composure for the final two periods but were only able to produce one goal the rest of the way. That goal came off the stick of forward Timmy Gettinger, with assists going to Benjamin Lown and Benjamin Gleason.
One USA forward who was not able to get on the score sheet was William Knierim. Knierim, who competes for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, stands 6’3″ and weighs 209 pounds, so he definitely has the heft to create some scoring chances around the opposition’s net. The developing power forward will spend another season with Dubuque before moving on to Miami University for the 2016-17 season.
Knierim spoke with Hockey’s Future following the loss to Finland, with his comments being captured in this HF video.
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