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Flyers prospect Noah Cates, ex-Phantom Andy Miele, and Yardley native Brian O’Neill help U.S. to Olympic win



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Philadelphia Flyers prospect Noah Cates, former Phantoms forward Andy Miele, and Yardley native Brian O’Neill helped the U.S. men’s hockey team whip host China on Thursday, 8-0, in an opening-round game in the Winter Olympics.

Sean Farrell had a hat trick for the Americans, who are not using NHL players.

Cates had a goal and was plus-3 in 11:13 of ice time, Miele had an assist, and O’Neill, a former Germantown Academy star, tallied in the romp. Miele is the U.S. captain.

The U.S. had a 55-29 shots domination, and seven of their eight goals were scored by players still in college, including Cates, a 6-foot-1, 179-pound left winger.

The Americans now face bitter-rival Canada Saturday afternoon.

Cates, 23, was a fifth-round pick of the Flyers in the 2017 draft; he has been a four-year standout at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, helping the Bulldogs win the NCAA title during his freshman season.

His brother, Jackson, has been back and forth with the Flyers and Phantoms this season.

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