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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 1:37 PM

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

Sweden up 2-0 after first on Collberg's PP goals

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- United States coach Don Lucia stressed improvement on the penalty kill with his players Monday morning, but after one period against Sweden, the USA Blue squad obviously needs more work.

Sweden got a pair of power-play goals from Sebastian Collberg to take a 2-0 lead after one period.

Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 12:34 PM

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

Lineups for USA Blue vs. Sweden

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- When USA Blue plays Sweden on Monday here at Herb Brooks Arena, there will be a slightly different look from its game Sunday against Finland, a 6-5 overtime loss.

Chief among them is Adam Erne replacing Nicolas Kerdiles at left on the team's most productive line from Sunday. Erne will skate with center Daniel O'Regan and right wing Riley Barber, while Kerdiles will play with center Dominic Toninato and right wing Vince Hinostroza.

The other main change comes in goal, where Thatcher Demko will start. He relieved starter Anthony Stolarz on Sunday and allowed five goals on 19 shots. Stolarz will play the second half of the game; he stopped 14 of 15 shots Sunday.

Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 11:45 AM

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

Finland coach seeing early promise from his squad

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- With five games in seven days, Finland coach Karri Kivi is approaching this week's National Junior Evaluation Camp like a mini-tournament.

"It's like a tournament," Kivi told "I'd like to see how they handle it."

They started off nicely Sunday with a 6-5 overtime win against USA Blue.

Kivi, who coached Assat to the SM-liiga championship last season, said he didn't follow Finland at the 2013 World Junior Championship, when the team finished a disappointing seventh. Because of that, he said what happened in the past is done and it's time to move on.

Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 11:18 AM

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

O'Regan shows scoring prowess among his attributes

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- One of the early standouts at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation camp has been Daniel O'Regan, who scored twice in USA Blue's 6-5 overtime loss to Finland on Sunday, and nearly had a hat trick.

O'Regan's line -- he skated at center between Nicolas Kerdiles and Riley Barber -- looked the best of any of the two USA squads. The trio combined for two goals and five assists.

"The line with O'Regan and Kerdiles and Barber, I thought, was very good," USA coach Don Lucia said Sunday. "That's something we were hoping to see, them generate offense, and they did [Sunday]."

Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 11:14 AM

By Staff -  / - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Report: Sore foot sidelines Drouin at Canada camp

Jonathan Drouin, selected with the third pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2013 NHL Draft in June, sat out the second day of the Canadian National Junior Team's summer development camp on Monday in Brossard, Que.

Drouin, according to, will be sidelined the next two days of the camp in Quebec with a sore foot. The camp is the first stage to selecting the team that will represent Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.

Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 10:31 AM

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

As cuts loom, evaluation process continues for USA

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The third day of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp was more education in how coach Don Lucia wants his players to play.

USA White was the only group to take the ice Monday in preparation for their game against Finland (4:15 p.m. ET) here at Herb Brooks Arena. USA Blue stayed off the ice while getting ready for their game against Sweden (1 p.m. ET).

The big lesson for the day was on the penalty kill. Both games Sunday turned on how the two USA squads handled the opposition power play. In USA White's 4-2 loss to Sweden, they allowed three goals on nine Swedish power plays.

Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 9:31 AM

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

Projected USA White lineup vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA White was the first group on the ice Monday, preparing for its afternoon game against Finland here at Herb Brooks Arena.

The team is coming off a 4-2 loss to Sweden on Sunday on the first day of games.

There will be a few line changes and shifts in defense pairings from the game Sunday as coach Don Lucia and his staff continue evaluating the 43 players remaining in camp.

Here is the lineup USA White could use based on morning line rushes:

Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 9:37 PM

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

Connor Clifton impresses for U.S.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- While he didn't do anything that showed up on the score sheet, defenseman Connor Clifton, a 2013 fifth-round pick (No. 133) of the Phoenix Coyotes, certainly made his presence known for USA White in Sunday’s game against Sweden.

Clifton was a strong presence in the defensive zone, blocking shots, being physical and having a smart stick in the passing lanes.

"The big thing I noticed about Connor was his work ethic," USA White defenseman Patrick Sieloff told "He's a guy that's going to get in your face. He likes to make that hit if it's there. He's going to be an agitator. He keeps it simple but he's got that mean streak to him."

Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 9:23 PM

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

Despite losses, U.S. coach likes what he sees

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- After watching his players in action in two games Sunday, United States coach Don Lucia started the evaluation process for what could end up as his roster for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

While the final scores didn't go the way he wanted -- USA White lost 4-2 to Sweden and USA Blue was beaten 6-5 in overtime by Finland -- Lucia said there was a lot to like.

"We've had one 45-minute practice, that's it," Lucia said. "We wanted to spend most of the time worrying about evaluating what we have. That's the whole point, especially early in the week before we make some cuts. [Have the players] do the things they did, why they were selected to come here. Let's not worry so much about systems, go play. We gave them a little bit of a structure [and] 5-on-5 they were fine, did a good job. You could see the penalty kill, which we haven't spent any time on, we struggled there, which is no surprise."

Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 6:20 PM

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

Finland rallies, beats USA Blue in OT

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A wild flurry of goals saw USA Blue score twice in 29 seconds in the third period to take a 5-4 lead, only to watch Finland tie it with 11 seconds left in regulation and win it 41 seconds into overtime in a 6-5 victory Sunday.

Gage Ausmus was called for closing his hand on the puck at 25 seconds of overtime, and it didn't take long for Finland to take advantage of the 4-on-3 power play.

Teuvo Teravainen and Olli Maatta worked the puck around the perimeter, with Teravainen, who finished with two goals and two assists, getting the puck over to Pokka. The New York Islanders prospect ripped a shot from the left faceoff dot past USA Blue goalie Thatcher Demko to win it.

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