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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 3:26 PM

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

Erne lifts United States over Finland in shootout

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Adam Erne scored twice in a shootout to give the United States a come-from-behind 4-3 win Thursday against Finland.

After Juuso Ikonen scored in the sixth round to give Finland the lead, Erne snapped a wrist shot past goalie Joonas Korpisalo to tie it. In the seventh round, U.S. goalie Anthony Stolarz poke-checked the puck away from Finland's Ville Leskinen. With a chance to win it, Erne deked and slid the puck between Korpisalo's pads.

The win capped a rally that saw the United States finally find some offense in the third period.


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 2:24 PM

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

Pair of goals in second has Finland up 3-1 on U.S.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Goals by Artturi Lehkonen and Mikko Lehtonen gave Finland a 3-1 lead after two periods.

The United States continued to be its own worst enemy. The team failed to convert on four power plays, including a 65-second 5-on-3 advantage that saw the U.S. fail to produce a shot while barely earning any zone time. And two of the power plays were short-circuited by the Americans taking penalties.


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 1:36 PM

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

United States, Finland trade goals in first period

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Finland's Aleksi Mustonen and the United States' Ian McCoshen traded goals in a first period that saw the teams finish the first period tied 1-1.

Mustonen opened the scoring at 9:43, following his own rebound and poking it past American goalie Anthony Stolarz.

McCoshen tied the game when his shot from just inside the blue line went off the stick of a Finnish player and bounced past goalie Joonas Korpisalo at 14:04.


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 12:32 PM

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

Meghan Duggan relishes chance to skate with U.S.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The American players who skated Thursday morning weren't scheduled to play Thursday against Finland, but they did get a special treat. Joining them for practice was Meghan Duggan, a member of the U.S. national women's team.

"I'm here for two weeks working a camp and staying at the [Olympic] Training Center," she told NHL.com. "I told the director of our program that I'm going to be here and she spread word to JJ [Jim Johansson, national junior team general manager]. He grabbed me the first day I was here and said listen, Thursday, 10:45, if you want to jump out with the guys, you can. I'm just honored. USA Hockey is a big family. It was great for me to be out there."


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 12:20 PM

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

Lineups for United States vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The United States will go with a new-look roster Thursday against Finland. Among the changes is a heavyweight line that features Henrik Samuelsson centering left wing Boo Nieves and right wing Adam Erne.

Anthony Stolarz will start in goal for the U.S., with Thatcher Demko backing up. Coach Don Lucia did not attend the morning skate for extra players, so there's no way of knowing if Stolarz will play the full game, or split time similar to how Lucia used Jon Gillies and Demko on Wednesday against Sweden.

For Finland, Olli Maatta will miss his second straight game. Also sitting out is Samu Markkula. Joonas Korpisalo will start in goal.


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 11:20 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Who has edge: Mason or Emery?

The Philadelphia Flyers' goalie situation got another makeover this summer as Ilya Bryzgalov -- the starter during the past two seasons -- was giving a compliance buyout and Ray Emery was brought in to compete with Steve Mason for the starting job.

But before breaking down the two goaltenders who will compete for crease time in Philadelphia this fall, let's break down the last six seasons of Flyers goalies.

Since the 2007-08 season, the Flyers have used 18 goalies and have had five different players lead them in victories -- including a tie in 2009-10 between Michael Leighton and Emery. The Flyers have averaged 40.6 victories in that span, which should have made their starting goalie a hot commodity in fantasy hockey.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 11:11 AM

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

Burke sees plenty of promise in Canadian goalies

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Hockey Canada enlisted Sean Burke to help with its Program of Excellence with the hope that some of the success he's had working with NHL goalies as the Phoenix Coyotes' goaltending coach will help the next generation of Canadian goaltenders.

So far, Burke said he's been impressed by what he's seen from Eric Comrie, Zachary Fucale and Jake Paterson, the three goalies skating with the team this week as part of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

"We have three excellent goaltenders here, all guys that are capable of playing very well," Burke told NHL.com. "This is a great opportunity for us to observe these guys."


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 9:08 PM

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

U.S. goalies Gillies, Demko praised by coach

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Though the United States lost 4-0 Wednesday to Sweden, coach Don Lucia said he was happy with the play of his two goalies, starter Jon Gillies and Thatcher Demko, who each played half the game.

"I thought they both made some real good saves tonight," Lucia said. "I'm not going to fault our goaltending in any way for the result of the game."

Gillies, a Calgary Flames prospect, finished with 19 saves on 22 shots in his 30 minutes. Demko, considered by some to be the top goaltending prospect in the 2014 NHL Draft class, stopped 16 of 17 shots.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 9:04 PM

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

Sweden plays without Collberg, Sundqvist

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden played Wednesday without two of its top six forwards, when Sebastian Collberg and Oskar Sundqvist were out of the lineup with injuries.

Collberg twisted his right knee during the second period of a game Monday against the USA White squad. Sundqvist sustained a neck injury when he collided with a metal stanchion in the final seconds of the second period.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 6:18 PM

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

Sweden blanks United States 4-0

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A scoreless third period brought to an end a 4-0 win for Sweden against the United States.

It was a disappointing for the U.S. in its first game with a cut-down squad. The Americans had three power plays in the third period, but rarely was able to create any quality scoring chances.


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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

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