Trent Frederic, of St. Louis, helped make sure Team USA did not go home empty handed in 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
Frederic, who is a sohomore at the University of Wisconsin, netted four goals and Kieffer Bellows added two goals and an assist as the U.S. National Junior Team topped the Czech Republic 9-3 to win the bronze medal at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y..
With the bronze, the U.S. National Junior Team (4-1-0-2/W-OTW-OTL-L) has claimed a medal in three-straight World Junior Championships for the first time in U.S. history after earning gold in 2017 and bronze in 2016. In total, it is the 11th medal in U.S. history, including four gold medals (2017, 2013, 2010, 2004); one silver medal (1997) and six bronze medals (2018, 2016, 2011, 2007, 1992, 1986).
The U.S. opened the game with a strong start by controlling play and not allowing a single shot from the Czech Republic in the first 12:20 of play. In the final seconds of the frame, Frederic intercepted a Czech pass at the blue line and skated the length of the ice before tucking a shot beneath the pad of Czech goaltender Josef Korenar to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead entering the first intermission.
In the middle stanza, the U.S. struck six times to push its lead to 7-0. Just nine seconds into the frame, Ryan Poehling doubled the U.S. lead when Joey Anderson wrapped around the net and found Poehling alone in front of the crease for a 2-0 lead.
Anderson then converted at the 4:18 mark when a shot attempt by Brady Tkachuk, of St. Louis and who plays for Boston University, went off Anderson’s skate and under Korenar’s pad.
Nearly two minutes later, Frederic tallied his second of the night when he was able to backhand a pass from Quinn Hughes at the right of goal.
At the 7:23 mark in the period, Bellows lit the lamp when he converted a penalty shot opportunity for his first goal of the game.
Frederic completed his hat trick with 7:05 left in the frame with a wrist shot from the left hash mark. Bellows then closed the period scoring with his second of the night in the final minute of the period to give Team USA a 7-0 lead entering the final 20 minutes.
In the final period, Frederic tallied his fourth of the game and Martin Kaut, Radovan Pavlik and Daniel Kurovsky scored for the Czech Republic before Patrick Harper closed out the scoring with a goal in the last three minutes to account for the 9-3 final.
Frederic was named the U.S. Player of the Game.