Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J.) scored a goal and Brandon Maxwell (Anchorage, Alaska) stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced in net, but Russia held on to win, 2-1, over the U.S. National Under-17 Team in the championship game of the 2007 Four Nations Tournament at Dmitrov Arena Sunday afternoon. Team USA finished the tournament with a 2-1-0 record.
Russia jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal from Dmitry Orlov at the 12:21 mark of the first period.
Maxwell stood tall between the pipes for Team USA just past the midway point of the second frame when he stoned the Russians on a penalty shot.
Team USA evened the score at one apiece with 3:13 left in the second stanza as Palmieri lit the lamp off an assist from Sam Calabrese (Park Ridge, Ill.).
Russia's Valuyskiy Semen tallied what proved to be the game-winning goal, on the power play, at the 6:57 mark of the final period.
Team USA finished with a 29-26 shot advantage in the game.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team returns to North American Hockey League competition next Friday (Nov. 16) and Saturday (Nov. 17) against St. Louis at the Summit Center. Both games are slated to start at 7:05 CT.
The U.S. Under-18 fell to Switzerland in a shootout, 2-1, to finish with a 1-2 record at the Four Nations Tournament.
NOTES: Team USA finished 2-1-0 at the 2007 Four Nations Tournament and secured second place ... Russia (3-0-0) took first, Slovakia (1-2-0) ranked third and Switzerland (0-3-0) came in fourth ... Brandon Maxwell was named the best player of the game for Team USA ... Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y.) was named the best forward in the Four Nations Tournament after recording four points (2-2) in three games ... Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich.) was recognized as the best defenseman in the tournament ... The list of penalties for both teams was not available at the time of this release.