Team USA turned in an impressive preliminary round performance at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, sweeping their four games while posting 30 goals in those games, 11 more than the runner-up in that category, Canada.
The U.S. heads into the quarterfinals on the heels of their 4-0 shutout of Switzerland, a win that has the U.S. facing a Czech Republic squad that could give a better game than might be thought after the Czechs won just one of their preliminary round games.
In their game against the Swiss, the USA picked up two goals from Casey Mittelstadt (NTDP – USHL), and singles from Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane – WHL) and Graham McPhee (NTDP – USHL) to go along with the shutout work from goaltender Joseph Woll (NTDP – USHL).
The team captain for Team USA at the U18 is defenseman Ryan Lindgren (NTDP – USHL). Lindgren picked up an assist in the win over the Swiss, and has added a goal to go along with a +5 rating through the preliminary round games. Lindgren, a prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, will be heading to the University of Minnesota in the fall.
Lindgren spoke with the media after the win over Switzerland, with his comments being captured in this Hockey’s Future video.
Game highlights from the USA-Switzerland match can be viewed below.
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