Day 1 of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament was not a memorable one for Team USA, and Day 2 wasn’t a great improvement. After dropping a 5-1 decision to Finland on the first day of the tournament, the U.S. then lost 5-2 to Russia, a loss that could leave them on the outside looking in when it comes to earning a medal.
The U.S. turned in a stronger first period against the Russians than they did versus the Finns, exiting the opening frame tied at one after a late goal off the stick of forward Casey Mittelstadt. But Russia outscored the Americans 4-1 over the final two periods to post their second win of the tournament as they head towards a Wednesday showdown with undefeated Finland.
The 5’11”, 190-pound Mittelstadt will play his junior season at Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota in 2015-16. He committed to the University of Minnesota last fall, with his arrival slated for the Fall of 2017. Mittelstadt is eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.
Mittelstadt spoke with Hockey’s Future following the USA’s loss to Russia, with his comments being included in this HF video.
— Dennis Schellenberg (@ScoutingFactory) August 10, 2015
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