USA Takes Bronze at 2018 World Juniors
U.S. tops Czech Republic, 9-3, to earn third-straight World Junior Championship medal for first time in U.S. history
Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo./University of Wisconsin) netted four goals and Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn./Portland Winterhawks) added two goals and an assist as the U.S. National Junior Team topped the Czech Republic, 9-3, to win the bronze medal tonight at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship here at KeyBank Center.
“I’m so proud of the effort our team showed here tonight to earn a medal on home ice,” said Bob Motzko, head coach of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. “It’s not the medal we hoped for, but we’re a proud group to have helped the United States win a third-straight medal at the World Juniors for the first time in U.S. history.”
With the bronze, the U.S. National Junior Team (4-1-0-2/W-OTW-OTL-L) has claimed a medal in three-straight World Junior Championships for the first time in U.S. history after earning gold in 2017 and bronze in 2016. In total, it is the 11th medal in U.S. history, including four gold medals (2017, 2013, 2010, 2004); one silver medal (1997) and six bronze medals (2018, 2016, 2011, 2007, 1992, 1986).
- Trent Frederic was named the U.S. Player of the Game
- Kieffer Bellows finished the tournament with nine goals, setting a new U.S. record for most goals in a single World Junior Championship
- The U.S. outshot the Czech Republic, 39-35