U.S. National U17 Team Trimmed By Sioux City, 4-2
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Despite a 40-save effort from netminder Matt McNeely (Burnsville, Minn.), the U.S. National Under-17 Team fell to the Sioux City Musketeers, 4-2, here tonight.
Alexx Privitera (Old Tappan, N.J.) staked Team USA to a 1-0 lead after he snapped home a feed from J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) at 11:46 for a power-play goal. McNeely made 20 saves including several of the highlight variety in the opening 20 minutes of play to keep Team USA ahead.
Just 34 seconds into the middle period Dan Ford squeezed a shot under McNeely to tie the score for Sioux City. Matt Paape gave the Musketeers the lead after a five-on-three power-play tally at 3:03. Just 31 seconds later, Dan Dekeyser snapped a shot inside the left post to make it 3-1, with the Musketeers on the man-advantage. Austin Hervey (Brighton, Mich.) converted on a slick cross-crease feed from Robbie Russo (Westmont, Ill.) to bring Team USA back within a goal with just 2:42 to play in the second.
In the final frame, with 5:21 remaining, Clinton Bourbonais tallied an unassisted goal to give Sioux City the 4-2 advantage. Netminder Matt Skoff made six of his 19 saves in the third period to earn the win for the Musketeers.
Team USA will return to action Saturday against the defending Clark Cup champion Indiana Ice at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind., at 7:05 p.m. EDT.
NOTES: Matt McNeely has made 90 saves in his last two starts ... Austin Hervey was added to Team USA's roster this week. He spent the 2008-09 season with Detroit Catholic Central High School. Hervey notched a goal in his first-career NTDP shot ... Matt Van Voorhis (Edina, Minn.) extended his point lead among USA defensmen with his assist tonight. His five points (2-3) also rank second overall on the team.
• Discuss this story on the United States Hockey League message board...
United States Hockey League Stories from October 16, 2009
- U.S. National Under-18 Team Skates Past Bowling Green, 7-2 - U.S. National Team
- Bummer In Sioux Falls - Waterloo Black Hawks
- Phillippi, Lancers Blank Gamblers 5-0 - Omaha Lancers
- Lincoln Outlasts Phantoms, 7-6 In OT - Youngstown Phantoms
- U.S. National U17 Team Trimmed By Sioux City, 4-2 - U.S. National Team
- Countdown To Puck Drop: Phantoms At Lincoln - Youngstown Phantoms
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent U.S. National Team Stories
- Mike Leone Promoted to Assistant Coach, Greg Mauldin and Kevin Porter Named to NTDP Coaching Staff
- 18 Players with USA Hockey NTDP Ties Selected in 2020 NHL Draft
- David Lassonde Named National Goaltending Coach for USA Hockey
- Dan Muse and Adam Nightingale Named NTDP Head Coaches
- 2020-21 U.S. National Under-17 Team Announced