Badgers men’s hockey: Trent Frederic scores 4 to help U.S. win World Juniors bronze

January 6, 2018 GMT

Trent Frederic saved his best for last at the World Junior Championship.

The University of Wisconsin sophomore center scored four goals in the United States’ 9-3 victory over the Czech Republic in Friday’s bronze-medal game in Buffalo, New York. He was named the U.S. player of the game.

Frederic had one goal through his first six games at the under-20 tournament but scored two even-strength goals on Friday and one each while short-handed and on the power play.

Make it 4?? for @tfreddy42 tonight! #USAWJC ????USA 8 - CZE 2 with 14:19 to play. pic.twitter.com/RQ92gkkDEt — USA Hockey (@usahockey) January 5, 2018

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The U.S. was eliminated from contention for its second straight gold medal with a 4-2 loss to Sweden in Thursday’s semifinals.

Frederic had been seeing limited ice time on the fourth line for the Americans but made the most of his 13:58 on the ice on Friday.

It’s possible that the Boston Bruins’ first-round draft pick will skate for the Badgers in Saturday’s series finale at Penn State.

Big Ten Conference rules limit teams traveling overnight for games to 22 players, and the Badgers already brought 22 players on the trip to State College, Pennsylvania. That limit is waived during school vacation periods, however, and UW-Madison is on break until Jan. 23.

The bronze-medal victory means the U.S. earned a medal in a third straight World Juniors for the first time.

Count ’em. 1??, 2??, 3?? for @tfreddy42 tonight! #USAWJC ???? pic.twitter.com/yQRVEmggkZ — USA Hockey (@usahockey) January 5, 2018

. @tfreddy42 ’s second goal of the game gives #TeamUSA a 4-0 lead less than six minutes into the 2nd period! #USAWJC ???? pic.twitter.com/tNMUFuV0Yn — USA Hockey (@usahockey) January 5, 2018

It took 19:56 to get on the board, but @tfreddy42 made the most of a shorthanded opportunity. #USAWJC ???? pic.twitter.com/wIEhlF66yl — USA Hockey (@usahockey) January 5, 2018