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U.S. National Under-17 Team Defeats Canada White, Advances to Challenge Championship
Team USA Takes on Russia Tomorrow at 7 p.m. MT
MEDICINE HAT, Alta. –The U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated Canada White, 7-3 in their semifinal game tonight (Nov. 8) behind two goals from Jeremy Wilmer (Rockville Centre, N.Y.).

“We set a goal at the beginning to be playing in the championship game and now we’re there,” head coach John Wroblewski said after the win. “Tomorrow is going to be a huge test against Russia and the boys will be giving it everything they’ve got. It’ll be an awesome game for everybody.”Chaz Lucius (Grant, Minn.) scored his eighth goal of the tournament after knocking the puck out of mid-air off of Jacob Martin’s (Eagle River, Wis.) initial shot.At 11:25 of the first period, Colby Saganiuk (Plainfield, Ill.) finished a 2-on-1 with Ryan St. Louis(Riverside, Conn.) to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.Justin Janicke (Maple Grove, Minn.) sent the puck to Roman Schmidt (Midland, Mich.) in the slot where he ripped it behind Canada White’s Tyler Brennan at 2:20 of the second.

The short-handed goal was Schmidt’s first of his career.Wilmer collected a rebound at 4:26 of the second period to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead.After a goaltender change for Canada White, Red Savage (Scottsdale, Ariz.) pushed the puck in to extend the U.S.’s lead to 5-0.Canada White scored on the power play at 6:29 of the second period after the puck deflected off a Team USA skate into the back of the net.Jack Devine (Glencoe, Ill.) sent a drop pass to Wilmer at the side of the net and Wilmer netted his second of the game, sneaking the puck in over the shoulder of Canada White’s William Rousseau.

Dylan Duke (Strongsville, Ohio) added Team USA’s seventh goal at 8:42 of the third period on the power play.Canada White added two in the final minute for a 7-3 final.The U.S. advances to the championship game tomorrow (Nov.9) against Russia at 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET.

2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Team USA Schedule – Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada – Nov. 3-9

Thurs., Oct. 31Canada RedPre-TournamentSOW, 7-6Hockey Canada
HockeyCanada.ca/WU17Sun., Nov. 3Czech RepublicPreliminaryW, 10-1Hockey Canada
HockeyCanada.ca/WU17Mon., Nov. 4Canada WhitePreliminaryW, 6-4Hockey Canada
HockeyCanada.ca/WU17Tues., Nov. 5Canada BlackPreliminaryOTL, 4-5Hockey Canada
HockeyCanada.ca/WU17Thurs., Nov. 7FinlandQuarterfinalsW, 8-4Hockey Canada
HockeyCanada.ca/WU17Fri., Nov. 8Canada WhiteSemifinalsW, 7-3TSNSat., Nov. 9RussiaChampionship Game7 p.m./ 9 p.m.TSN 

NOTES: Jeremy Wilmer was the U.S. Player of the Game … The U.S. went 2 for 6 on the power play … Kaidan Mbereko made 21 saves for Team USA … The U.S. outshot Canada White 33 to 24 … TSN will broadcast the third place and championship games of the tournament … … The official tournament website can be found here … The Team USA homepage for the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge can be found here … The 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge includes two groups of four teams. Group A features Canada Black, Canada White, the Czech Republic, and the United States, while Group B includes Canada Red, Finland, Russia, and Sweden … Follow @USAHockeyNTDP on Twitter for tournament updates and join the conversation on social media by using #WorldU17 … John Wroblewski(Neenah, Wis.) will lead the U.S. National Under-17 Team along with associate coach Dan Hinote (Elk River, Minn.) and assistant coach Mike Leone (Dearborn, Mich.).
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