U17 Junior Men vs Canada

Nov 27, 2012 - Dec 2, 2012 | Moorpark, CA, USA

November 29Time (local)
 Match #01
2:00 pm
USA U17 vs CAN 1-5 (0-2)

December 1Time (local)
Match #02
10:00 amUSA U17 vs CAN
0-5 (0-3)

December 2Time (local)
Match #03
10:00 amUSA U17 vs CAN
1-9 (1-4)

Match #1 

With some rainy weather on Thursday, it seemed like the U17's were in Vancouver.  However, the conditions were ideal for playing hockey. The U.S. had some good bits of play in the first 20 minutes, but the Canadians scored first. The U.S. had a number of chances to get on the boards but where unable to convert. The Canadian's controlled larger periods of the match then the U.S., and before the end of the first half scored a second goal. 

The second half went similar to the first.  U.S. Dominic Nishiguchi scored the only goal of the match for the U.S. with a nice one time shot on the left side. The U.S. struggled to keep up with the fit and skilled Canadian's. The match ended 1 - 5.

"There is no doubt that we can improve from today's performance. Our inexperienced side played well for patches, however turnovers in the outlet were costly. We will fix a few things to give us a better opportunities for Saturday's match," said Ben Maruquin. 

Match #2 

The U.S. came out with some new information on what they needed to improve, execute and equalize the series. The U.S. continued to have challenges in the outlet and turned over the ball early to allow the Canadians to score their first goal two minutes after the first whistle blew. The U.S. had limited opportunities but matched the Canadians for a good stretch of play. However, the Canadians put in another two goals, one in the 13th and then another in the 15th minute for a three goal advantage going into the second half. 

Canada scored in the 41st minute making the score 4 - 0. The U.S. matched play for the next 20 minutes but was unable to penetrate the circle for quality shots on goal. In the 65th minute, Canada scored their fifth and final goal to finish out the match 5 - 0. 

Another tough loss for the U.S., however the squad is making improvements and in time this series will pay off in them understanding what's needed to compete on the international level.