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Team USA poses for its team portrait after defeating Russia 5-0 to win the 2009 IIHF World U18 Ice Hockey Championship on Sunday night in front of the largest Urban Plains Center crowd ever (4,923 announced). (David Samson/The Forum)

USA nets gold, claims under 18 world title in front of record crowd

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FARGO - Everybody expected a tight gold medal game between the United States and Russia at the IIHF World U18 Championship.

The United States was more than happy to make sure that didn't happen.


The Americans dominated Russia for three periods en route to a 5-0 win in front of an Urban Plains Center record crowd of 4,923.

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