Austin Poganski and Kyle Connor scored two goals apiece and Chris Birdsall made 15 saves to lead the U.S. Under-17 Select Team to a 6-2 victory over Germany in preliminary-round action of the 2012 U17 Five Nations Tournament on Wednesday in Chomutov, Czech Republic.
Poganski, who was named U.S. player of the game, scored twice in a span of 55 seconds in the second period to give the United States a 4-1 advantage. Poganski, a native of St. Cloud, Minn., will be a junior at St. Cloud Cathedral High School in Minnesota this season.
"We wanted to come out strong and make sure we got pressure on their defense," said U.S. coach Barry Smith. "I was very happy with our performance tonight. It was a good first game and we'll look ahead to the next one."