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Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 12:06 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Injured Swedes show improvement

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- It was good news for a pair of Sweden players injured Monday during the second period of the team's 4-3 defeat of USA Blue.

Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg reported that forwards Oskar Sundqvist and Sebastian Collberg were feeling better Tuesday. However, neither player was on the ice for the team's optional on-ice practice, and Gronborg said both likely will would sit out Wednesday against Finland.

Sundqvist collided with the metal stanchion at the end of the Sweden bench near the end of the second period, but Gronborg said the Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick was feeling better Tuesday.


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Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 7:46 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

USA Hockey trims 12 from camp roster

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Tuesday began with 12 players being sent home from the National Junior Evaluation Camp as USA Hockey trimmed its camp roster from 43 to 31 players.

"As a staff, we have been happy with the players' intensity and compete level," Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general manager of the 2014 United States national junior team. "The players released today will continue to be evaluated this fall for Team USA. For the players that are staying, the games this week give us an opportunity to continue assessing them."

Of the 31 players remaining, there are 18 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies. The only goalie released was Collin Olson, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect. In two games for USA White, Olson allowed three goals on 32 shots, but stopped all 15 shots he faced Monday in a 5-2 win against Finland.

Remaining in net are goalies Jon Gillies, Anthony Stolarz and Thatcher Demko.

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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 9:01 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

U.S. Evaluation Camp coaches prepare to make cuts

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- With data from three days and four games, the hard part has come for United States coach Don Lucia and his staff -- which players to keep and which to send home.

The roster at this week's National Junior Evaluation Camp started at 44, but will be trimmed to 31 or 32 for the final four days of the camp.

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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 6:25 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

USA White polishes off Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA White finally snapped the American skid at the National Junior Evaluation Camp by finishing off a 5-2 victory against Finland on Monday.

The biggest American contributions came from the line of Taylor Cammarata, Michael McCarron and Tyler Motte, who combined for two goals and four assists. Cammarata, a New York Islanders draft pick, had a goal and two assists, while McCarron, taken by the Montreal Canadiens with the 25th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, had a goal and an assist.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 5:36 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

USA White leads Finland 5-0 after two periods

LAKE PLACID, N.Y . -- USA White continued to roll in the second period, pushing its lead against Finland to 5-0 on goals by Ian McCoshen and Michael McCarron.

McCoshen and Taylor Cammarata, his teammate with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League, combined to make it 4-0. McCarron added a power-play goal late in the period.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 4:59 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

USA White races to 3-0 lead after first vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The first period was all USA White as Zach Stepan, Connor Clifton and Taylor Cammarata scored in the opening 20 minutes to give the Americans a 3-0 lead after one period.

With Finnish star Teuvo Teravainen in the penalty box, Cammarata controlled the puck just to the right of Finland goalie Joonas Korpisalo. With the defense focused on Cammarata, he sent the puck through the slot to Stepan, who tapped it into an open net at 6:22.

Zach Stepan took a pass from Cammarata and fired a shot from the right circle that got past Finland goalie Joonas Korpisalo.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 4:34 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Sweden updates injuries on two players

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg said center Oskar Sundqvist had a head and neck injury after hitting a corner metal stanchion in the second period of the game Monday against USA Blue, but did not need to go to the hospital.

Sundqvist, a Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick, was carrying the puck down the right side of the ice with USA Blue forward Vincent Hinostroza tracking him. Hinostroza attempted to angle Sundqvist off the puck along the wall, but instead the Swedish forward collided with the stanchion near the end of the Swedish bench in a play reminiscent to the one that injured the Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty in 2011.

Sundqvist remained face-down on the ice for several moments, but eventually was able to get off the ice and walk to the locker room under his own power.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 4:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Lineups for USA White vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA White will juggle a few of its lines and defense pairings for Monday's game against Finland, while the Finnish lineup will look mostly the same from its first game, a 6-5 overtime win against USA Blue on Sunday.

Collin Olson will start in goal for USA White, and play about half the game. Jon Gillies, who started Sunday in a 4-2 loss to Sweden, will play the second half of the game.

Joonas Korpisalo, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, will start in goal for Finland.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 3:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Sweden holds off USA Blue for 4-3 victory

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA Blue made a strong push late for the tying goal, but Sweden was able to escape with a 4-3 win Monday at Herb Brooks Arena.

Alexander Wennberg gave Sweden a 4-2 lead with a shot from the slot that rocketed off the crossbar, dropped behind goalie Anthony Stolarz and dribbled across the goal line at 10:13. After a replay review, the goal counted.

USA Blue got within one on a nice individual effort by Vincent Hinostroza. The Chicago Blackhawks prospect carried the puck down low in the Sweden end, beat two Swedish players in a battle along the end boards, went behind the net and fed the puck to Will Butcher above the left circle. His shot beat goalie Marcus Hogberg at 17:43 to make it 4-3.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 2:37 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Wild second sees USA Blue rally to within 3-2

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A wild second period saw Sweden extend its lead to 3-0 before USA Blue rallied for a pair of goals to make it a 3-2 game after 40 minutes.

Besides the goals, however, were serious injuries to three players. USA Blue forward Stefan Matteau was knocked out of the game when he was hit hard in the head by Sweden's Anton Lindholm. Matteau turned in the defensive zone to receive a pass, and when he started up the ice, Lindholm appeared to launch himself into Matteau, making contact with the head of the New Jersey Devils prospect. Matteau remained on the ice for a few moments before skating off the ice and walking back to the locker room.

Lindholm was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct.


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