The United States Under-18 Men’s National Team, featuring a roster filled with 21 players committed to NCAA schools, captured the silver medal at the 2018 Under-18 World Championship in Russia. The U.S. won three straight games before falling to Finland, 3-2, in a back-and-forth gold medal game.
The Finns, who featured Wisconsin commit Sampo Ranta, scored a shorthanded goal midway through the third period and held on for the win in the rematch of last year’s gold medal game.
“It was a great game,” said head coach Seth Appert, a former Ferris State goaltender and former Rensselaer head coach. “After the game I told the team that I loved them, I was proud to coach them, I was proud of the way they represented our country and to wear the silver medal with pride because it was earned and it is hard to get.”
Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold was among Appert’s assistants. They led a team that started the tournament with one win in its first three games before winning its next three games by a combined 17-2 score.
Underage and uncommitted U.S. star Jack Hughes, whose brother Quinn was a freshman at Michigan this season, led the tournament in scoring and was named the tournament MVP. Oliver Wahlstrom (Harvard) and Cam York (Boston College) joined Hughes on the media’s all-star team. Wahlstrom, Joel Farabee (Boston University) and captain Mattias Samuelsson (Western Michigan) were named the team’s top three players by the coaching staff.
Ranta had a goal and an assist in seven games en route to the gold medal. Other commits in the tournament included Canada’s Jack McBain (Boston College) and Jonathan Tychonick (North Dakota).
The United States appeared in its 14th gold-medal game in the 21-year history of the Under-18 World Championship. It has won gold 10 times.
|NCAA Commits in U18 World Championship|
|Jack DeBoer||F||Boston University|
|Drew DeRidder||G||Michigan State|
|Joel Farabee||F||Boston University|
|Patrick Giles||F||Boston College|
|Gavin Hain||F||North Dakota|
|Trevor Janicke||F||Notre Dame|
|Spencer Knight||G||Boston College|
|Jake Pivonka||F||Notre Dame|
|Adam Samuelsson||D||Boston College|
|Mattias Samuelsson||D||Western Michigan|
|Spencer Stastney||D||Notre Dame|
|Tyler Weiss||F||Boston University|
|Jake Wise||F||Boston University|
|Cam York||D||Boston College|
|Jack McBain||F||Boston College|
|Jonathan Tychonick||D||North Dakota|