Despite outshooting the Canadians 35-12, Team USA lost the gold medal game at the IIHF World Under-18 tournament 3-2, ending the Americans’ four-year run of titles in the event.
Two local players – Devils Lake’s Keaton Thompson and East Grand Forks’ Gage Ausmus – earned silver medals at the event.
Thompson, who will go to UND, finished with one assist and registered a minus-2 rating in the tournament. Ausmus, who is uncommitted, had two assists and was a plus-5.
USA’s top players in the tournament were Boston College defenseman recruit Steve Santini and Michigan forward recruit J.T. Compher.