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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.

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Team USA stands for the national anthem at the 2022 IIHF U18 Men's World Championships in Germany.
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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.

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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.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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