By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff
Incoming freshman defenseman Adam Clendening was named to the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship all-tournament team.
The Niagara Falls, N.Y., native — who was also named one of Team USA’s top three players — ranked first among defensemen and tied for sixth overall with 10 points (3g, 7a) in the tournament. He tied for the team lead in points on the gold-medal winning US squad and tied for the tournament lead in plus/minus (+9).
Clendening notched an assist on the third goal of the Americans’ 3-1 win over Sweden in the gold medal game. He fired a shot from the point that forward Rocco Grimaldi tipped home to give the US a 3-0 lead.
Incoming freshman forward Matt Nieto also donned the red, white and blue in the tournament. The Long Beach, Calif., native finished with four points on one goal and three assists.
It was the second U-18 gold for Clendening and Nieto, who were both on the US squad that won it all in 2009 as well.
The U-18 gold marks the third gold the US has won in a major international competition this year. The U-20 squad (which included rising junior defenseman and 2010-11 assistant captain David Warsofsky) and the U-17 squad (which included 2011 defense recruit Alexx Privitera) also came out on top in their respective tournaments.