Isaac Howard shines as Team USA skates past Canada, 8-3
Minnesota-Duluth commit Isaac Howard scored four goals in the opening game against Canada at the IIHF U18 Men's World Championship.
LANDSHUT, Germany — Minnesota-Duluth commit and Hudson, Wis. native Isaac Howard led Team USA to an 8-3 win over Team Canada by scoring four goals in their opening match of the IIHF U18 Men's World Championship.
The game originally wasn't as high-flying and high-scoring as the result may lead on. Team USA scored two goals in the opening frame, both from Howard.
The second period is where a majority of the scoring came. Team Canada's Matthew Wood would put the Canadians on the board, and soon after Mathew Ward would score another goal, this one on a penalty shot, to tie things up at two apiece.
Team USA would answer back with two goals of their own, from Logan Cooley (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Minnesota) and Cruz Lucius (Grant, Minn. / Minnesota).
Connor Bedard would get the final goal of the game for Team Canada in the second period to try and catch up to the Americans, but Team USA would get two more goals before the period ended. Howard completed his hat trick, while Ryan Chesley (Mahtomedi, Minn. / Minnesota) added a goal for himself.
Team USA didn't stop there, scoring two more goals in the third period. Cole Spicer (Grand Forks, N.D. / Uncommited) added a goal, while Isaac Howard scored his fourth of the night.
Goaltender Trey Augustine (South Lyon, Mich. / Michigan) stood tall in net and helped lead Team USA to their win.
After a dominating game for the Americans, they'll be back in action again on Sunday, April 24th to play Team Czechia at 8:30am CT in Landshut. The game will be broadcasted on the NHL Network.