Monday, August 15, 2011

U.S. Under-17 Select Team Tops Switzerland, 5-1, at 2011 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament

Ryan Siroky (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) logged a goal and two assists, as the U.S. Under-17 Select Team topped Switzerland, 5-1, in its final game of the 2011 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.

Team USA finished the tournament in first place after posting an undefeated 4-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland.

"The players deserve all the credit in going undefeated," said Bob Corkum, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "They bought into the system and concept of togetherness that our coaching staff preached en route to the title."

The U.S. jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead with goals from Michael Turner (Oak Park, Ill.), Daniel Vanderwiel (Island Lake, Ill.) and Vinni Lettieri (Excelsior, Minn.). Switzerland trimmed the U.S. lead to two with a power-play tally near the end of the opening frame, but would get no closer.

Eight minutes into the second period, Siroky restored Team USA's three-goal advantage with his third goal of the tournament. Then, with less than two minutes remaining in the stanza, Gabe Guertler (Plantation, Fla.) pushed the U.S. lead to 5-1 with the final goal of the event.

U.S. goaltender Devin Williams (Saginaw, Mich.) blanked Switzerland in the second and third periods, as he turned aside 33 shots overall including making 19 saves in the third period alone.

NOTES: The U.S. went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Switzerland was 1-for-4 with the man advantage ... Ryan Siroky (3-3) and Andrew Oglevie (Fullerton, Calif./0-6) tied for the U.S. team lead and were tied for second among all tournament participants with six points in four games ... Daniel Vanderwiel led Team USA with four goals in four games ... Bob Corkum served as head coach, while Pat Mikesch served as assistant coach for the 2011 U.S. Under-17 Select Team.

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