Teen goalie in contention for U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team

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A teen hasn’t played for the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team in more than 25 years. That streak may end next month.

Don’t be surprised if Joseph Woll, a 19-year-old Boston College sophomore, is named to the PyeongChang squad this month, Darren Dreger said on NBCSN on Wednesday night.

Woll has started four of the five U.S. games at the ongoing world junior championships in Buffalo, tallying a .905 save percentage and 2.26 goals-against average.

The U.S. plays Sweden in the semifinals Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.

“This young guy Joseph Woll is turning heads,” Dreger said. “He could be on the U.S. Olympic team.”

The bulk of the Olympic team was named Monday at the NHL’s Winter Classic — 23 of the 25 players.

Head coach Tony Granato said that the final two players — the last two of three goalies — will be named in the next two weeks.

U.S. general manager Jim Johannson said a few days before the announcement that a junior player could be named to the team. So far, none of the 23 players named came from the U.S.’ world juniors team.

Johannson said Tuesday that five goalies are in consideration to join already named Ryan Zapolski, the presumed No. 1 for PyeongChang. But Johannson declined to name any of the five, according to The Associated Press.

Dreger said that if one of the already named skaters gets hurt, and the team needs an injury replacement, it could add junior team members forward Casey Mittelstadt or defenseman Adam Fox. Both are 19 years old like Woll.

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