Having already lost once and facing a 5-on-3 power-play against, the United States secured their one-goal lead in the third period to hold on for a 4-3 victory against the Czech Republic on Saturday at the Under-18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia.
"We worked all year and every day in practice on defending the 5-on-3," U.S. forward Evan Allen said. "We pride ourselves on defense."
That defense arrived a little late on Saturday as the Czech team took a 2-0 lead in the first period of the Group A preliminary-round game. Adam Zboril finished a 3-on-1 at 12:18, then David Kampf converted a U.S. turnover into a shorthanded goal at 16:22.