Men's Cadet National Team

USA Cadet Men Defeat Serbia 8-7 In Belgrade To Move To 5-0 At Darko Cukic Tournament

Team USA celebrate a big win over Serbia in Serbia
Aug. 19, 2017

Belgrade, Serbia - August 19 - The USA Men's Cadet National Team picked up two big victories on Friday defeating Australia 16-4 and host Serbia 8-7. Team USA now moves to 5-0 at the Darko Cukic Memorial Tournament with a match against the Netherlands today. 

The US Men's Cadet National Team opened a busy day on Friday morning in Belgrade with a 16-4 win over Australia. The US win, combined with Serbia's victory over the Netherlands earlier in the morning, left the USA and Serbia as the only undedefeated teams in their bracket for the time being. Against Australia, the US team defense and strong goaltending continued. Offensively, the US leveraged solid counter attacks and 6x5 play to fuel the win. Eight United States players tallied a goal in the game extending a trend of 6 or more players scoring in each of its games.

Later in the day Team USA registered a big 8-7 win against Serbia in front of the largest crowd in Belgrade. The two undefeated teams played a tight, physical game throughout, exchanging leads, momentum and big shots. The US defense was again the story, mixing a physical press and zone in front of goaltender Nolan Krutonog who had a stellar game for the US. On offense, the US was carried by some tremendous outside shooting, including the game winner on a 6x5 with 44 seconds left. 

The US will face off against the Netherlands today. With a win or a tie against the Netherlands, the US will advance to the tournament championship game on Sunday. 

USA 8 (2, 3, 1, 2) E. Parrish 3, T. Pulice 2, G. Ocasio 1, O. Hale 1, N. Tierney 1
SRB 7 (2,3,1,1)
6x5 - USA - 4/10 - SRB - 4/10
Saves - Krutonog 18
Penalties - USA - 0/0 , SRB - 0/0

USA 16 (4, 3, 4, 5) T. Pulice 4, E. Parrish 3, G. Ocasio 2, O. Hale 2, N. Tierney 2, G. Avakian 1, M. Laurlund 1, R. Pittman 1
AUS 4 (1,1,1,1)
6x5 - USA - 1/3 - AUS - 2/5
Saves - Griggs 7, Krutonog 4
Penalties - USA - 1/2 - MLD - 1/1




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