Tuesday, April 26, 2016

USA Finishes Third at Under-18 Championship

Joey Anderson (Minnesota-Duluth) scored two goals, and Clayton Keller (Boston University) and Casey Mittelstadt finished with three assists apiece, as the United States routed Canada, 10-3, in the bronze medal game of the 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Hockey Championship in Grand Forks, N.D. on Monday. The U.S. medaled for the 12th consecutive time in the tournament, according to IIHF.com.

Jake Oettinger (Boston Unievrsity) finished with 29 saves for the Americans, whose only blemish in the competition was a 4-2 semifinal loss to Finland on Saturday. Finland then defeated Sweden, 6-1, yesterday for the gold medal. Keller, who according to usahockey.com is eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, finished second in overall tournament scoring with four goals and six assists for 10 points in seven outings. He will join Oettinger at BU in the fall.

Oettinger finished with a record of 4-0 in the championship, which saw the U.S. defeat Russia, Sweden, Latvia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic by a combined score of 38-4 in five Group "B" preliminary-round contests from April 14-21 at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Team USA was coached by Danton Cole (Michigan State).

Next year's U18 tournament will be hosted by Slovakia.

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