Posted 148 days ago ago by David Fine
Plymouth, Mich. – Linus Weissbach and Josiah Slavin scored in the third period for the Tri-City Storm, but Team USA answered with a pair of final-frame goals to win, 4-2, Friday at USA Hockey Arena.
Weissbach’s tally temporarily pulled the Storm within one halfway through the third before Sean Dhoogee answered with a short-handed goal 1:32 later. With the U18s up, 4-1, Josiah Slavin scored the Storm’s second power-play goal with 1:27 left.
Slavin, 18, has goals in consecutive games, the first two of his USHL career.
The Storm’s power play went 2-for-9, the most chances it has had in a game this season. Tri-City has four man-up tallies over the last two games. Tri-City’s penalty kill was 5-for-6. The squads combined for 17 minor penalties.
Adam Scheel made 16 saves in the win. Dayton Rasmussen blocked 25 shots and took the loss.
The NTDP attempted seven of the first eight shots and capitalized; at 6:14 of the first, Joe Cassetti roofed his second of the season, assisted by David Farrance and Tyler Inamoto.
Tri-City trailed in shots, 11-6, after one. At the end of the frame, Joseph Campolieto took a roughing call, allowing Team USA to go on a power play early in the second.
While on the power play, Grant Mismash scored his team-leading 16th of the season at 1:19 of the second.
The Storm’s man up heated in the third; Weissbach ripped his tenth of the season at 9:04 on the power plat, assisted by Charlie Kelleher and Monte Graham. Weissbach leads the Storm with 32 points.
To complete the Tri-City attack, Slavin’s man-up tally, assisted by Joey Matthews, moved Tri-City within 4-2 in the final two minutes.
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