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Team USA Rolls Over Latvia 7-1 at World U18 Championships

A four-goal first period secured an easy win for the United States.

New Hampshire recruit Tyler Kelleher scored the game-winner for the US
New Hampshire recruit Tyler Kelleher scored the game-winner for the US
Bruce Bennett

It wasn't necessarily the complete 60-minute effort Team USA was looking after not playing up to their potential in their first two games of the tournament, but Team USA was more than good enough to roll past Latvia by the tune of a 7-1 victory.

The US put the game away early, jumping out to a commanding 4-0 lead in the first period on goals by Kevin LaBanc(Notre Dame recruit), Tyler Kelleher(New Hampshire), Michael McCarron(Western Michigan), and Evan Allen(Michigan), and racking up a 22-12 shot advantage in the first frame.

After a sloppy second period, where Latvia scored the only goal, the US rebounded with a pair of goals by Tyler Motte(Michigan) and a goal by Tommy Vannelli(Minnesota) to cap off the easy 7-1 win.

The win moves the US to 2 wins and 1 regulation loss in pool play, and clinches a spot somewhere in the tournament quarterfinals. After taking tomorrow off, the US will finish off pool play with a game against Finland.