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I T WAS NOT THE COLOR they envisioned hanging from their necks when they arrived in Chelyabinsk, Russia, but the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team can wear their silver medals with pride after capturing a record 15th consecutive medal at the 2018 IIHF Under- 18 Men's World Championship. Gunning for its fourth gold medal in its past five tournaments, the U.S. came up just short after falling 3-2 to Finland, the only team to stake its claim to gold over the U.S. team's run. This was the fourth time the two coun- tries have faced off for U18 gold, with the Americans winning the three previous con- tests (2006, 2015 and 2017). "I was proud of the way they represented our country and I told them to wear that silver medal with pride," said Seth Appert, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Team. "It wasn't what we came for but still, you have to respect the tournament and your opponents and to put that medal around your necks with pride." As a testament to the potency of the National Team Development Program, the U.S. has won seven of the last 10 U18 World Championships. This year's team didn't go down without a fight as sniper Oliver Wahlstrom's last-second shot sailed just wide of the Finnish goal. "It was a great game," Appert said. "They outplayed us early, we outplayed them in the middle and it came down to who could make a big play in the third period. We had our opportunities." P JUNE/JULY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 11 3 U S A H O C K E Y N E W S , P E O P L E & P R O G R A M S O F F THE D R AW PHOTOS BY IMAGES ON ICE U.S. Medal March Continues At U18 World Championships by HARRY THOMPSON Cole Caufield celebrates Joel Farabee's goal against Canada in the preliminary round of the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship.

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