The U.S. shutout Sweden in the quarterfinals to earn a semifinal bid. Photo courtesy of HHOF-IIHF Images.
The U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team squares off against Russia in the semifinal round at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Under-18 Championship. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. local time (12 p.m. EDT). Team USA earned the right to skate in the semis behind a convincing 4-0 shutout over Sweden on Thursday (April 24). Russia dismantled Germany, 8-4, on the other side of the tournament bracket, Thursday night. The game will be played at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, a multi-purpose arena in Sochi, Russia that will host ice hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
USA 4 - Sweden 0 (Quarterfinals)
Thatcher Demko made 28 saves and special teams proved key, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team blanked Sweden, 4-0, in the quarterfinals. Will Butcher opened scoring with a power-play blast to give the U.S. an early lead. Tyler Motte added to the Team USA advantage, depositing a Hudson Fasching feed into the net. After a scoreless second stanza, Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.) and J.T. Compher helped ice the game, putting the U.S. up by four goals. Team USA outshot Sweden, 42-28.
Russia 8 - Germany 4 (Quarterfinals)
Valeri Nichushkin scored three goals, as the Russians defeated Germany in a wild game at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Russia carried a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, before erupting for four, unanswered goals in the second period. Germany stormed back in the third period, tallying back-to-back goals to close the gap, 6-3, with the Russians. The hosts potted its seventh goal just before several scrums broke out. Several players received game misconduct penalties. After the dust settled, Germany made it 7-4, but Russia added an insurance goal to seal the Germans fate. Igor Shestyorkin and Nikita Serebryakov combined to stop 33 shots for Russia.