The U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team, featuring a roster comprised of St. Cloud State freshman Ryan Poehling and 22 future NCAA stars, opens medal round play Thursday after a perfect preliminary round.
The U.S. went 4-0-0-0 in Group B to set up the quarterfinal meeting with Switzerland at 1:30 p.m. ET on NHL Network. The U.S. is seeking to medal for the 14th year in a row at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship, which this year is being held in Slovakia.
Notre Dame commit Dylan St. Cyr has played all four games in goal and boasts the tournament’s best save percentage at .935. North Dakota commit Grant Mismash and Wisconsin commit Sean Dhooghe share the team lead with six points each.
Harvard commit Oliver Wahlstrom (four goals), New Hampshire commit Max Gildon (three) and Poehling (three) are the team’s top goal scorers.
Thirteen schools have committed recruits on the team, led by Boston University with four representatives.
The bulk of the United States team is eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft with four exceptions who will be eligible in 2018: Wahlstrom, Joel Farabee (Boston University), Quinn Hughes (Michigan) and Brady Tkachuk (Boston University).
Should the U.S. advance past Switzerland, the semifinals will be played on Saturday, April 22 (time TBD). The gold- and bronze-medal games are set for Sunday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. ET, respectively. Each game can be seen on NHL Network.
Denver has two commits on other teams in the tournament: Ian Mitchell (Canada) and Eero Teravainen (Finland).
|2017 USA Hockey Under-18 World Championship Roster|
|1||Dylan St. Cyr||G||Notre Dame|
|3||Ryan Poehling||F||St. Cloud State (2016-17)|
|4||Joel Farabee||F||Boston University|
|7||Brady Tkachuk||F||Boston University|
|8||Max Gildon||D||New Hampshire|
|9||Logan Cockerill||F||Boston University|
|11||Jacob Tortora||F||Boston College|
|12||Tommy Miller||D||Michigan State|
|16||Grant Mismash||F||North Dakota|
|17||Evan Barratt||F||Penn State|
|19||Graham Slaggert||F||Notre Dame|
|27||David Farrance||D||Boston University|
|29||Cayden Primeau||G||Boston University|
|30||Adam Scheel||G||North Dakota|