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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 3:40 PM

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

Canada scores three in third, tops Finland, 5-3

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Felix Girard had a goal and an assist as Canada finished off a 5-3 win against Finland.

Canada coach Brent Sutter reconfigured his lines for the third period, and the result was goals from Brendan Gaunce and Hunter Shinkaruk. Artturi Lehkonen scored for Finland.

Girard crashed the net to poke in a loose puck at 3:39 to put Canada ahead 3-2, and then Brendan Gaunce got credit for a goal from the crease after new-look heavy line of Gaunce, Anthony Mantha and Kerby Rychel created havoc in the Finland zone.

Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 2:18 PM

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

Canada, Finland tied after two periods as PKs shine

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Special teams told the story in the second period as penalty killers for Canada and Finland stood tall.

Finland's Saku Salminen scored the period's only goal at 3:07, one-timing a Jusse Ikonen pass past Eric Comrie to tie the game 2-2.

Canada's shorthanded unit kept Finland from doing any more damage, killing off a cross-checking call on Matthew Finn. It was the fourth successful kill for Canada in the game.

Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 1:48 PM

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

Reinhart, Gauthier give Canada lead against Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Goals from Sam Reinhart and Frederik Gauthier in a 27-second span gave Canada a 2-1 lead after one period against Finland.

Finland took a 1-0 lead on their first shot when Henri Ikonen fed a pass from below the goal line to Kasper Kapanen alone in front, and the top 2014 NHL Draft prospect didn't miss, beating Canada goalie Eric Comrie 51 seconds into the game.

Canada evened the game when Reinhart, potentially the top pick in the 2014 draft, showcased his offensive skills. He skated the puck around the Finland zone, lost it, got it back, spun and fired a rocket of a shot that beat Finland goalie Juuse Saros at 10:11.

Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 12:56 PM

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

Maatta not in Finland's lineup against Canada

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Finland will be without its top defenseman when it faces Canada on Wednesday here at Herb Brooks Arena.

Olli Maatta will sit out as Finland coach Karri Kivi gets a look at some of his other defensemen in high-level competition.

Finland also broke up its successful top line, shifting right wing Kasper Kapanen, a top 2014 NHL Draft prospect, to a line with center Topi Nattinen and left wing Henri Ikonen. Ville Leskinen will replace Kapanen on the right side of center Teuvo Teravainen and left wing Artturi Lehkonen.

Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 9:48 AM

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

Skjei a natural go-between for USA teammates, Lucia

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Brady Skjei has been a valuable player for the United States during this week's junior evaluation camp. Not only for his skill with the puck, but for his role in translating coach Don Lucia's instructions to his teammates.

Skjei is the only player on the United States roster to play for Lucia, the coach at the University of Minnesota. As a freshman at Minnesota last season, the defenseman and New York Rangers first-round draft pick (No. 28, 2012) had three points and a plus-11 rating in 36 games.

With that built-in knowledge of how Lucia wants to play the game, Skjei served as a solid buffer over the first few days of the camp as the players adjusted.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 5:32 PM

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

Canadian players take a turn with kids

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The players who won't be part of Canada's lineup Wednesday against Finland skated after the main group, then got a bit of extra time after their session ended.

A youth hockey camp was booked on the ice at Herb Brooks Arena, but coach Brent Sutter wasn't quite ready to leave -- so he kept his whistle at the ready and got his players in line for drills with the kids.

The Canadian juniors mixed seamlessly with the youngsters, who appeared to range in age from 10 to 12.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 5:17 PM

By Michael Langr - Correspondent / - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Frolik welcomes Stanley Cup to Czech Republic

KLADNO, Czech Republic -- Since being involved in a draft-day trade at the end of June, Michael Frolik has been a member of the Winnipeg Jets. But Tuesday, the Stanley Cup champion was a Chicago Blackhawk for one more day.

The Stanley Cup arrived in the Czech wing's hometown of Kladno, about 25 miles west of Prague, and its suburban village, Kamenné Žehrovice, to honor one of the two Czech countrymen who celebrated a championship in June with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wednesday, the trophy will appear in the central village of Vlašim, the hometown of Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival.

"It's a big day for me. I am definitely enjoying it," Frolik said after the Cup arrived in the Czech Republic from Chicago. "I came to the airport to welcome the Cup by myself, then we brought it to my house. I am glad we had it at home first and could take some pictures with my family."

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 4:50 PM

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

Koekkoek finally able to show Canada what he can do

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Slater Koekkoek understood why he was left off Hockey Canada's original roster for the national junior team's summer evaluation camp. That isn't to say he liked not seeing his name there, however.

But an injury to New York Islanders prospect Adam Pelech opened a spot, and Koekkoek was more than happy to spend a week of his summer in Brossard, Quebec and now here as part of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

"After the first list came out it was as bit discouraging, but I knew it had a big part to do with my shoulder," Koekkoek told "Now that I got it cleared and everything, it's good looking forward here."

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 1:45 PM

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

U.S. coach enjoys first practice with smaller group

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- With a smaller group for the first time, United States coach Don Lucia said Tuesday’s practice allowed him to really drill into his players how he wanted them play in all facets of the game.

"We got a lot accomplished today," he said after the 60-minute workout. "We had good tempo with our group. We tried to do some concepts with our guys, the way we want to try to play. It was the first time we've had the opportunity to do that. We got a lot of repetitions with that many guys on the ice. All in all, a good practice."

With six lines of forwards and five pairs of defensemen, it was tough for him to keep his eyes on everybody at all times, but Lucia said one line that continued to stand out was the trio of Daniel O'Regan centering Nicolas Kerdiles and Riley Barber.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 1:42 PM

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

Canada announces Wednesday lineup vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Hours after arriving here, Canada was on the ice Tuesday afternoon for its first practice, and already announced its lineup for its first game, Wednesday against Finland.

Eric Comrie, who missed most of last season with a hip injury, will get the start in goal, with Zachary Fucale serving as the backup. Jake Paterson, who was the third goalie on the team that finished fourth in Sochi, Russia, at the 2013 World Junior Championship, will be a healthy scratch.

Also getting into the game will be Sam Reinhart, who will play right wing on a line with center Brendan Gaunce and left wing Kerby Rychel. Reinhart is the early leader to be the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

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