Jack Williams notched 31 saves and Killian Kiecker-Olson scored the game-winner in the second period, as Team North American Hockey League placed fifth with a 3-2 victory over MoDo, of Sweden, in Thursday’s fifth-place game of the Sirius Junior Club World Cup in Sochi, Russia.
Williams, of the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues, and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs’ Mattias Sholl were the goaltenders for NAHL squad.
Sholl started two games for Team NAHL, which placed third in pool B with a 1-2 record in the Shayba Arena, the hockey venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Team NAHL represented the United States in the eight-team tournament, which started Aug. 23 and ends today.
Kiecker-Olson, of the Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel, produced the game-winner for the NAHL after streaking down the left-wing on a 1-1, putting a spin-o-rama move on a MoDo defender and sliding a backhand shot under the pads of Marcus Nygren (24 saves).
Jack Beaune, of the Aberdeen (South Dakota) Wings, broke a scoreless deadlock with a power-play goal early in the second period and Max Borst, of the Maryland Black Bears made it 2-0 for Team NAHL with a one-handed shot.
Defensemen Oskar Edmundsson and William Wallinder scored, for MoDo in the third.
Lokomotiv, of Moscow, plays Canada’s Team Alberta Junior Hockey League in today’s championship game