DU Recruit Drew Shore Leads USA To Victory

(left) DU recruit Drew Shore scored two goals and added an assist last night

U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team should be renamed the USA Pioneer Select Team, because DU's four recruits have turned in impressive performances in the past week. Three different DU recruits have been named Player of the Game in the last five games. Last night it was Denver native Drew Shore, who joined William Wrenn and Adam Murray as a POG recipient.

Behind three-point efforts from Drew Shore (2g-1a--3pts) and Jerry D'Amigo, the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team downed the Czech Republic, 6-2, here tonight in a quarterfinal match-up at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-18 Championship. Team USA improved to 4-0-0-1 in the tournament and will meet Canada on Friday in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Urban Plains Center.

Team USA struck at 9:38 of the first period to take the 1-0 lead. The goal came when John Henrion streaked down the left wing, got around a defender and fed the puck to a charging Shore who got hauled down by a Czech defender, but still was able to slide the puck under netminder Filip Novotny as he crashed into the net. At 13:43, Shore doubled the U.S. advantage after he skated into the Czech zone and wired a shot up into the left corner of the net. The Czech Republic answered back when Antonin Honejsek collected a rebound and slid it under the stick of netminder Jack Campbell at 14:48 for a power-play goal.

Just 55 seconds into the second stanza, Philip Samuelsson slid a shot from the left point through the legs of Novotny to make it 3-1. With Team USA on a two-man advantage, Kenny Ryan put the U.S. ahead by three when he collected the puck off the boards on the left side of the net and jammed it home at 8:54. D'Amigo stretched the U.S. advantage to four when Cam Fowler's shot from the left point glanced off of D'Amigo and inside the left post at 15:52. With Team USA on another two-man advantage, Fowler found Jeremy Morin who rocketed a one-timer off of the crossbar and down into the net with just 1:51 remaining in the middle frame.

The Czech Republic made it 6-2 at 4:24 of the final period, but would not score again as Campbell and the U.S. defense shut the door.

NOTES: Drew Shore was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Team USA out shot the Czech Republic 58-23. The U.S. has posted 50-plus shots in three of its five games at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship ... The U.S. and Canada will meet in the semifinals for the first time since 2007, when Team USA came away with a 4-3 shootout victory to advance to the gold-medal game ... The U.S. will be making its eighth consecutive appearance in the semifinals of the IIHF World Under-18 Championship ... All of Team USA's games, along with all games that are being played at the Urban Plains Center will be webcast live on FASTHockey.com on a pay-per-view basis.


vizoroo said...

This recruiting class has so much potential! These three are the real deal. And Zucker is no slacker, either. Excellent play in Fargo.

Note: Jerry D Amigo who had 1 goal and 2assists last night will be playing for Seth Appert's RPI team next year

Aluuum said...

Wowzee!!I can't wait to see these guys next year. our defense will be much improved which is what is needed.Hurry up October. Kudoos to recruiting guroo Steve Miller.