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Mining for Gold

04/23/2012, 10:53am CDT
By MHJ Staff

Minnesotans help Team USA deliver fourth-straight gold medal at U18 World Championships

Photo by Jana Chytilova /HHOF-IIHF Images

In dominating fashion, the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team captured its fourth-consecutive gold medal this weekend with a 7-0 victory over Sweden.

Minnesotans contributed at every end of the ice, including the spectacular play from goaltender Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Ohio State), who registered three shutouts in five games, including the championship where he stopped 27 shots to lead Team USA to victory in Brno, Czech Republic.

Olson, who is committed to Ohio State, posted a .80 goals against average, was named the tournament's best goaltender.

Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, UMD) scored one goal and added two assists in the tournament. His goal was the game-winner against Canada in the semifinals.

Defenseman Brady Skjei (Lakeville, U of M) registered one assist and a team-high plus-10 rating.

"I'm very proud of how our players conducted themselves throughout this tournament," said Danton Cole in a press release, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team. "We worked hard, played a very disciplined game and never let up. These players deserve to call themselves champions."

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