Monday, April 18, 2011

Team USA 3-0 at U18 World Championships

2011 Wisconsin defense recruit Jake McCabe from Eau Claire has agreed to do a correspondence piece with us while he is in Crimmitschau, Germany representing the United States for the 2011 IIHF U18 World Championships. Jake will be updating us as the red, white, and blue chase their third straight U18 World Championship gold medal.

The Americans are now three games into the tournament and are playing some really good hockey. Jake was kind enough to check in after the American squad played Russia yesterday in an absolute thriller. Thanks again Jake.

Jake McCabe, Team USA U18, IIHF U18 World Championships 4/18/2011

"We had a huge win against Russia yesterday. Going into the game we knew it'd be a good match up and we were up 2-0 after the first period. After the second it was 3-1 and we were outplaying them. We took our foot off the gas in the 3rd and let them back into the game and they tied it up with about 5 minutes remaining.

The place was packed so it was a great atmosphere to play in. With about 20 seconds left to play we had a draw in their zone and lined up with a triangle set. Rocco (Grimaldi) won it clean to (Reid) Boucher and he put it bardown to put us up 4-3. The place went nuts and we held them off with the extra attacker and listened to our anthem as the flag was raised. The fans started chanting USA and it was our high point so far in the tournament.

It was by far the best we've played and we need to continue it throughout the tournament. We play Germany tomorrow to go 4-0 in the prelims and to get a bye into the Semi's. "

Team USA's Next Game: Sunday vs Russia 12:30 PM CST

Editors Note: Remember to check back often for updates from Jake. Also, FastHockey.com will be web casting all of Team USA's games while they are in Germany (for a small fee). Also, remember that McCabe isn't the only future Badger on the squad, 2012 forward recruit Nic Kerdiles is also on the roster.

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