Tuesday, April 26, 2005

USA takes Game 7, Indians advance

The U.S. Under-17 Team took Game 7 of its NAHL North Division series with the Soo Indians, 4-2 Sunday night, but it was a no-lose situation for the Indians.

Team USA won the series, but the Indians advance to the national tournament in Bismarck, N.D., by virtue of the U.S. team not being eligible to participate past the second round of the playoffs.

The game started nearly three hours late as the Indians had bus problems heading to Ann Arbor. Matt Jones and Jim Pentecost scored for the Soo.

Game story from the Soo Evening News here.

The Indians open the tournament against the host Bismarck Bobcats at 7:30 p.m. Central Time (8:30 p.m. Michigan time) on Tuesday. The other teams in the tournament are the defending champion and South Division champion Texas Tornado and West Division champion Fargo-Moorhead Jets.

In Game 6 last Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie, Brett Bennett stopped all 28 Soo shots he saw last night on the road as the U.S. Under-17 Team defeated the Indians, 2-0, to knot their NAHL North Division final at three games apiece.

Chris Atkinson (power-play) and Bill Sweatt (empty-net) scored for Team USA.

Jason Kearney made 35 saves for the Soo.

Game 6 recap is here.

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