The U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team is undefeated in their quest for a fourth-straight gold medal at the 2012 IIHF Men’s World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic.
The United States has wins over Finland (4-0), Czech Republic (5-0) and Denmark (4-0). The U.S. defeated Canada 5-3 in their final preliminary game today. With the win over Canada, the United States have taken the top seed in Group A and will have an automatic bye to the semi-finals. The quarterfinal games are on April 19, and the tournament’s championship game is on April 22.
The U.S. National Team has several ties to the State of Hockey. Collin Olson is from Apple Valley and has two shutouts in the tournament. He was voted the Best Player of the Game for his performance against Team Finland.
Central Scouting recently ranked Brady Skjei, a Lakeville native, the 19th North American prospect for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He has an assist in three games with a plus-5 rating.
Also from Lakeville is Kyle Osterberg, who has an assist in four games in the tournament.
Many of the players in this tournament are 2012 NHL Entry Draft eligible, so you’ll want to check out these future NHLers. You can get scores and tournament info at the International Ice Hockey Federation website.