Top 2012 NHL Draft prospect Nicolas Kerdiles scored a power-play goal just two minutes into the game, sparking the U.S. to a 3-1 victory against Finland in round-robin play Saturday at the 2011 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament, being played in Monthey, Switzerland.
Matthew Lane and Jacob Trouba also scored for the U.S., and goaltender Collin Olson stopped 24 of 25 shots.
"We skated hard for the entire 60 minutes," U.S. coach Danton Cole said. "This team has earned the right to play for the tournament title and we look forward to a competitive game against Switzerland (Sunday)."
The U.S. will finish round-robin play Sunday against Switzerland.
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