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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 10:31 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 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.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 9:31 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 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:


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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 9:37 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 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 NHL.com. "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."

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 9:23 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 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."

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 6:20 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 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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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 5:30 PM

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

Finland grabs 3-2 lead on USA Blue

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Things opened up a bit in the second period, with a pair of goals by Finland giving it a 3-2 lead.

Ville Leskinen put Finland ahead when he rocketed down the right side, barreled in on USA Blue goalie Anthony Stolarz and beat him with a backhand to the short side at 10:59.

Artturi Lehkonen put Finland up by a pair when he scored a power-play goal halfway through a penalty on USA Blue's Nick Ebert.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 5:20 PM

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

Dansk helps Sweden beat U.S.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Silver never will be as good as gold, but Sweden goalie Oscar Dansk still was able to enjoy a win against USA White in the opener of USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp on Sunday.

It was the first time Sweden and the United States had met since the gold-medal game of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, when the Americans' won the gold medal with a 3-1 victory. Dansk was the third goalie for that game.

Sunday, however, he was the starter and made 15 saves on 17 shots in Sweden's 4-2 victory.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 5:05 PM

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

USA Blue, Finland tied after first period

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA Blue and Finland finished the first period of their game at Herb Brooks Arena tied 1-1.

A pair of Washington Capitals prospects opened the scoring for USA Blue. Riley Barber made a beautiful cross-ice pass through the slot to a cutting Conner Carrick, who finished the play at 5:16.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 4:08 PM

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

Lineups for USA Blue vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The second game of the doubleheader here at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will feature USA Blue facing Finland.

The USA Blue squad will feature Riley Barber, one of three players back from the team that won the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Another player to keep an eye on is defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, who plays for the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League and should be one of the top players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 3:07 PM

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

Sweden beats USA White in opener

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden took advantage of two more USA White penalties to earn a 4-2 win in the first day of exhibition games at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

After Tommy Vannelli was called for delay of game at 14:59, Lucas Wallmark took advantage when he took a pass from Sebastian Collberg and whipped a shot from the right side over goalie Collin Olson at 15:56.

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