Although Team South Dakota Boys 16U were outshot in the game, they were effective on their shots. Team SD ran through the Park City, Utah Ice Miners 9-4 in the opening game of the National Tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A pair of goals from a pair of Oahe Capitals teammates as Dre Berndt and Ashton Griese both scored in the win. Griese finished with a goal and assist in the game. Team SD scored nine times with nine different goal scorers to bring a lot of momentum into game two against the Atlanta Fire, who wiped out the Delaware Ducks 8-0 behind 72 shots on goal. Coach Curtis Egan will want his team to be more discipline heading into the second game, scheduled for 10:15 on Friday. A win on Friday or Saturday could put them into the semifinals on Sunday.
*The update on the USA hockey website was not accurate so there is no score sheet for game one