Team USA defeated Russia 2-0 in the 2018 World Junior-A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alberta, on Sunday afternoon. With the help of seven Selects alumni, the U.S. Junior Select Team won its fifth WJAC championship in the last seven years, marking an era of dominance for the program in the tournament.  

Former Selects Academy forwards Parker Ford and Shane Pinto along with defenseman Zac Jones contributed heavily during the U.S. run to a championship, combining for 10 points over the span of the six-game tournament. Ford assisted on the eventual game-winning goal in the championship, a power-play strike by Bobby Brink in the first period.

A pair of former ‘01 West Coast Selects Mitchell Miller and Josh Nodler also played pivotal roles, as Nodler scored the first goal in USA’s 3-2 overtime win in the semifinal against Canada West.

Tied for fourth on the team in scoring, Robert Mastrosimone (‘01 East Coast Selects-O) and Ryan O’Reilly (‘00 East Coast Selects-O) compiled two goals and two assists each, contributing to Team USA’s balanced offensive attack up front.

The 2018 World Junior-A Challenge featured five teams including the U.S., Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic and Russia, comprised of players from Junior-A leagues across North America.

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