Maine Hockey Journal

USA down Colby College with a shutout, 4-0

Waterville, ME — The future of USA hockey looks bright after the Under-18 team posted a 4-0 win over Colby College in the second-half of the Bowdoin-Colby Face-off Classic at Alfond Arena on Saturday night.

USA is a roster stacked with talent this season with several players that have a pure pedigree in hockey, including defenseman Jarred Tinordi.

Tinordi is the son of long time NHL veteran Mark Tinordi, who spent 12 seasons with New York, Minnesota, Dallas and Washington.

At 6-5, 202-pounds, the younger Tinordi plays the game much like his father, a rough-and-tumble style, who physical presence put fear into his opponents when he’s on the ice.

“That’s really the way he plays” said USA coach Kurt Kleinendorst. “I really saw something in his game that I really liked… He’s the type of kid that keeps getting better and better.”

With Team USA up 1-0 after two periods of play, Tinordi gave USA a 2-0 when he ripped a shot from the top of the left circle, beating Colby goaltender Cody McKinney.

At 8:25, Luke Moffatt crashed the net and found the puck between his feet after Matthew Nieto fired a shot from the high slot, extending the lead to 3-0 for Team USA.

Derek Forbort sealed the game for USA when he let a shot go from the left point that fluttered through a patch of bodies, past McKinney, giving Team USA a 4-0 lead with 5:40 to play in the game.

“We’re almost three months into our season,” said Kleinendorst. “We’re a very well conditioned team and that’s not the first time we’ve taken over in the third period.”

Colby, who won their first game of the season on Tuesday against Southern Maine, felt they played well enough to win, but were overpowered by USA in the late stages of the game. Despite the loss, Colby head coach Jim Torterella feels this can be a valuable learning experience down the road.

“We competed and played hard, even until the end when it was 4-0,” he said. “We can look back at these games and use them as experience down the road.”

Goalie Andy Iles stopped 14 shots he faced, while McKinney stopped 36 of 40 shots in the loss.

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