COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Team USA outshot Czechia 39-37, but fell 6-4 in the deciding game of the 2022 Athletix Five Nations Tournament at Ed Robson Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo, earning a second place finish.
“We had high expectations of what we wanted to accomplish,” said Dan Jablonic (Milwaukee, Wisc.), head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. “I thought we got a good start, but they matched it. We had our identity back by the third period and our players battled as hard as they possibly could. Today, Czech was the better team, and we respect that, but I’m extremely proud of the way our players represented the red, white and blue. It’s disappointing for everybody, but in the big picture, USA Hockey’s future is very bright with these 20 young men representing our country and I’m extremely proud of them.”