POPRAD, SLOVAKIA -- Joel Farabee scored twice to help the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team defeat Finland 4-2 on Sunday in the gold-medal game of the 2017 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship.
The U.S. has now captured a tournament-record 14 consecutive medals, including gold medals in seven of the past nine years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017).
“I’m very proud of how hard our group worked to represent all the best traits that the USA Hockey crest embodies,” U.S. coach John Wroblewski said. “The team truly played for each other, their families and our country.”
The U.S. opened the scoring when Brady Tkachuk stripped a Finland defender of the puck and sent a cross-crease pass to Josh Norris , who one-timed a shot past Finland goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukonen.
The U.S. doubled its advantage when Jacob Tortora fed a puck from below the Finland goal line to Farabee, who fired a shot through Luukonen’s five-hole. The U.S. took the 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Farabee extended the U.S. lead to 3-0 with a shorthanded goal 1:03 into the second frame. Farabee controlled a backhand feed from Logan Cockerill and slipped a backhand shot past Luukonen. U.S. netminder Dylan St. Cyr also earned an assist on the goal.
Following a Finland tally, the U.S. regained a three-goal lead with a power-play goal when Quinn Hughes fed a cross-ice pass to Grant Mismash of Edina , who wristed a shot over Luukonen’s glove. The second stanza came to an end with the U.S. leading 4-1.
Finland added a goal late in the third period to account for the 4-2 final.
St. Cyr made 22 saves on 24 shots to earn his seventh victory of the tournament.