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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 1:37 PM

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


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