Team USA defeats Latvia, 13-3, to advance to U18 semifinal
A hat trick, a 'Michigan' style goal, and more dazzling performances from Team USA advance the team to the U18 semifinal.
LANDSHUT, Germany — Another dominant performance from Team USA at the 2022 IIHF U18 Men's World Championship advances the team to the semifinal and one step closer to winning a gold medal.
Team USA started its scoring barrage early in a 13-3 victory over Latvia, piling up six goals in the first period. They scored three more in the second, and another four goals in the third.
Ryan Leonard (Amherst, MA / Boston College) would net three goals to complete a hat trick, Logan Cooley (Pittsburgh, PA / Minnesota) would pull off a 'Michigan', and four other players would also have three point games (Gauthier, Nazar, Casey, and McGroarty).
Goaltender Tyler Muszelik (Long Valley, NJ / New Hampshire) made 15 saves on 18 shots in the game. Team USA out shot Latvia 64-18.
So far in the tournament, Team USA has outscored their opponents 37 to 10.
With the victory, Team USA advances to the semifinal and will play Czechia at 7:30 a.m. CT Saturday. The Americans have already played the Czechs in the tournament and won 6-2.
The last time Team USA won a gold medal at the U18 Men's World Championship was back in 2017. The team finished fifth in last year's tournament.