A trio of 2013 NHL Draft prospects helped the United States to a 7-1 win against Latvia in Group A play at Bolshoy Ice Dome on Day 4 of the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship.
"It's nice to score goals, no question," United States coach Don Granato said. "It helps the kids' confidence quite a bit. The first two games were very tough, very challenging, so [Sunday] was nice to jump out early, to be able to have some breathing room."
Latvia captain and 2013 draft prospect Georgs Golovkovs scored the lone goal of the second, but the U.S. came out firing in the third, getting goals from Motte and Fasching 3:53 apart to make it 6-1. Tommy Vannelli's goal closed the scoring in the game's final minute.