After a scoreless first period, the U.S. team routed the Czech Republic 8-0 in the quarterfinals of the IIHF U18 world championships on Thursday night in Grand Forks, N.D.

Casey Mittelstadt, a junior at Eden Prairie High School, gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead at 4:50 of the second period. Joey Anderson of Roseville had two goals, his first came on a power play and made the score 3-0 after two periods.

The U.S. team will play Finland in Saturday’s semifinals.



• Former Gophers forward Hudson Fasching was added to the U.S. team that will compete at the IIHF Men’s World Championship May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. He made his NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres on March 26, 2016, after spending three seasons at Minnesota.

• Minnesota is in fourth place in the Learfield Directors’ Cup Division I standings after the winter NCAA tournaments. The standings are based on points awarded to each school for its national finishes in up to 20 Division I sports — 10 men’s and 10 women’s. The Gophers men’s gymnastics placed sixth and the women’s gymnastics team seventh recently in NCAA meets. The top three in the Directors’ Cup are Stanford, Ohio State and Michigan.

• Junior Coley Ries of Minnesota State Mankato was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s national pitcher of the week. The righthander was 4-0 with a 0.30 ERA last week. In 23 innings, she allowed one earned run and six hits and struck out 45.

• The Gophers women’s golf team will play in the three-day Big Ten Championships starting Friday at Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis. The men’s team will be at its conference meet, starting the same day, in Newbergh, Ind.

• Marquette guard Wally Ellenson, a former Gopher, has left the Golden Eagles’ basketball program. But the redshirt junior will stay on full scholarship with their track and field program.