USA Hockey Press Release
BRECLAV, Czech Republic — The United States Under-18 Select Team lost a hard-fought, 3-0, decision to Canada today in the gold-medal game of the 2006 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka. Earning the silver medal and its best finish since 2003, the United States ended the tournament with a 3-1 record after going undefeated in round-robin play.
“Overall, our team left everything on the ice and really showed a lot of courage,” said Team USA Head Coach Ed Olczyk (Presto, Pa.). “We had some good chances, but we didn’t have the bounce in our step that we had throughout the rest of the tournament and Canada played a really strong game. I couldn’t be more proud of the boys and I’m very grateful to have had this opportunity.”
Brett Sonne gave Canada the early lead with a rebound goal on a two-man advantage at 10:49 of the first period.
Team USA had a scoring opportunity in the opening minutes of the second frame, but after a U.S. shot went wide of Canadian goaltender Trevor Cann during a 4-on-4 situation, Team Canada transitioned to a 2-on-1 odd-man rush. Once in the offensive zone, Tyler Ennis passed across the slot from the left faceoff dot to Sonne, who one-timed his second goal of the evening, and fifth of the tournament, to give Canada a 2-0 lead.
Canada again used special teams to extend its lead in the final period, as Ennis took a drop pass from Brandon Sutter to beat U.S. netminder Jeremy Smith (Brownstown, Mich.) at 10:36.
Smith made 27 stops for Team USA, while Cann recorded 20 saves for Canada.
>NOTES: Defenseman Jonathon Blum was named the U.S. Player of the Game … Team USA’s silver medal marked its best finish since 2003, when the United States won the gold medal with a 3-2 win over Russia. In 2004 and 2005, the United States was fourth and fifth, respectively … Either the United States (2003) or Canada (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006) has won the gold medal every year since the tournament’s inception in 2002 … Jimmy Hayes and Mike Hoeffel were named to the U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., yesterday (Aug. 11) … Nine members of Team USA were on the 2005 U.S. Under-17 Select Team that took first place at the Five Nations Tournament … The U.S. Under-18 Select Team was chosen from the 2006 USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp, which was held July 8-14 at St. Cloud (Minn.) State University, and featured many of America’s best hockey players born in 1989 … Ed Olczyk is a USA Hockey Level 5 certified coach, while assistant coach Jeff Blashill (Oxford, Ohio) is a Level 4 certified coach … The tournament name was changed from the Junior World Cup to the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in honor of the great Czech player/coach, who died in a car accident on August 16, 2004.
Scoring By Period
CAN 1-1-1 — 3
USA 0-0-0 — 0
First Period – Scoring: 1, CAN, Sonne (Esposito, Doughty), 10:49 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Schenn (holding), 3:30; USA, Thurberg (hooking), 8:57; USA, Petrecki (cross-checking), 9:28; CAN, Sonne (holding the stick), 15:02; USA, Carle (tripping), 17:34.
Second Period – Scoring: 2, CAN, Sonne (Ennis, Katic), 2:12 (4×4). Penalties: CAN, Turris (holding the stick), 1:10; USA, Blum (tripping), 1:22; CAN, Doughty (interference), 2:47; USA, Thomassoni (hooking), 5:52; USA, Petrecki (slashing), 7:54; CAN, Cameron (roughing), 12:41; USA, Diamond (hit from behind); 18:30, USA, Diamond (misconduct), 18:30.
Third Period – Scoring: 3, CAN, Ennis (Sutter), 10:38. Penalties: CAN, Boychuck (slashing), 5: 24; USA, Schenn (high-sticking), 6:54; USA, Olczyk (holding), 9: 28; CAN, Doughty (holding), 9:44; USA, Sacchetti (checking to the head), 12:41; USA, Sacchetti (misconduct), 12:41; CAN, Esposito (tripping), 12:54; USA, Hayes (slashing), 16:36; USA, LoVerde (delay of game), 18:42; CAN, Gillies (high-sticking), 19:51; USA, Petrecki (roughing), 19:51.
Shots By Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 9 5 6 20
CAN 12 10 8 30
Goaltending (SH-SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Smith, 60:00 12-11 10-9 8-7 30-27
CAN, Cann, 60:00 9-9 5-5 6-6 20-20
Power Play: USA 0-9; CAN 1-11
Penalties: USA 14-44; CAN 10-20
Officials: Referee-Minar; Linesmen-Cech, Hammer
Team USA 2006 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Schedule & Results
August 8-12 • Breclav, Czech Republic & Piestany, Slovakia
Date Opponent Location Result
Aug. 6 Slovakia (Exhib.) Breclav, Czech Republic W, 2-0
Aug. 8 Finland Breclav, Czech Republic W, 3-2
Aug. 9 Russia Breclav, Czech Republic W, 4-2
Aug. 10 Czech Republic Breclav, Czech Republic W, 4-3 (OT)
Aug. 12 Canada* Breclav, Czech Republic L, 3-0
* Gold medal game