The USA continues to shine in high-school age hockey on an international basis.
Over the weekend, the U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated Switzerland 6-1 in Monthey, Switzerland to win the Four Nations Tournament for the fifth straight year. Eric Schierhorn of Anchorage, Alaska, made 22 saves and Sonny Milano of Massapequa, N.Y., had two goals and one assist.
The Americans, who were undefeated in the tourney, nipped Russia 5-4 in the semifinals as Anders Bjork of Mequon, Wis., recorded two goals and two assists.
*The U.S. National Under-18 Team, which lost once, also won the Four Nations Tournament crown for the fifth straight year with a 3-1 victory over Sweden in Ann Arbor, Mich. Thatcher Demko of San Diego, Calif., posted 22 saves and the Americans out-shot Sweden 44-23.
*The U.S. Junior Select Team defeated Canada West 6-3 to win the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. It marked the fourth tourney title in five years for the Americans, who went 4-0 during the week.
Vince Hinostroza of Bartlett, Ill., led the champs with two goals and two assists, while J.T. Stenglein of Greece, N.Y., also scored two goals.