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.
As has been the case in most of their games at this tournament, the USA’s offensive output against the Czechs was done by committee, with 13 players hitting the scoresheet. Seven U.S. NTDP players – Joey Anderson with two, and Trent Frederic, Nick Pastjujov, Ryan Lindgren, Clayton Keller, Casey Mittelstadt, and Graham McPhee with singles – provided the 8-0 advantage in the quarterfinal win. Keller led all scorers with three points on the night.
Picking up the win was goaltender Jake Oettinger (NTDP – USHL), who was not overworked but made the saves when he had to, stopping all 15 shots that he faced from the Czechs.
The win sends the USA into a tough quarterfinal match with Finland, although a continuation of their balanced attack may be enough to keep the Finns off balance.
While the offense has certainly been the story for the U.S. at this tournament, the defense has turned in an equally impressive performance through five games by holding the opposition to just four goals.
One of the defensemen taking care of business at both ends of the ice for the U.S., Adam Fox (NTDP – USHL), spoke with Hockey’s Future following the win over the Czech Republic. His comments are included in this HF video.
Game highlights from the USA-Czech Republic quarterfinal match can be viewed below.
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