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Posted On Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 10:07 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Switzerland routs Canada East for bronze medal

Switzerland claimed the bronze medal at the World Junior A Challenge with a 6-0 win against Canada East on Saturday in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Six different players scored for Switzerland, including one by Luca Fazzini, a C-rated skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft. Luka Hoffmann and Jan Neuenschwander each had a pair of assists.

Melvin Nyffeler, another 2013 draft prospect, stopped all 31 Canada East shots.

The physical affair featured one fight, 15 misconduct penalties and a total of 221 penalty minutes.

Posted On Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 9:19 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

U.S. wins fifth straight U18 Four Nations Tourney title

The U.S. National Under-18 Team received goals from three different players en route to a 3-1 victory over Sweden in the championship game of the U18 Four Nations Tournament on Saturday at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Michigan.

Evan Allen, John Hayden and Michael McCarron each scored goals and goalie Thatcher Demko made 22 saves to lead the U.S. to its fifth straight tournament title. Demko stopped 10 shots in the third period.

Allen scored a power-play goal 8:56 into the first to give the U.S. a 1-0 edge before Hayden extended the lead to 2-0 at 3:51 of the second. Sweden pulled to within 2-1 at the 2:45 mark of the third when Altelius Nylander connected for a power-play goal, but McCarron answered right back for the Americans at 10:52 with his team working the power-play.

Posted On Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 9:59 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

U.S. advances to U18 Four Nations Tourney final

Anthony Louis scored a pair of unassisted goals in the third period to lead the U.S. National Under-18 Team into the 2012 U18 Four Nations Tournament championship following a 5-3 victory over Sweden on Friday at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Michigan.

Sweden pulled to within 3-2 on a power-play goal by Robert Hagg 1:26 into the third before Louis converted a wraparound at the 12:52 mark. Hagg then scored his second of the game to cut the deficit to one at 17:23 before his team pulled the goalie for an extra attacker. Louis then completed the scoring on an empty-net goal with 12 seconds remaining.

The United States finished pool play with a 2-0-1 record and will play Sweden on Saturday in the tournament final at 7 p.m. ET. Finland will battle Switzerland in the third place game at 3:30 p.m.

Posted On Friday, 11.09.2012 / 9:47 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Friday's three stars from the World Jr. A Challenge

The U.S. Junior Select Team and Canada West have advanced to the 2012 World Junior A Challenge gold medal game after each posted impressive victories in semifinal-round competition on Friday at Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The championship match is slated Sunday at Mariners Centre.

For the United States, it marks the fourth time in five year the Americans have advanced to the gold medal game. The U.S. had won three consecutive tournament titles from 2008 to 2010 before Canada East ended the run last year in the semifinals.

Canada West, which defeated Canada East in the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, will be seeking its second straight gold medal in the tournament.

Posted On Friday, 11.09.2012 / 8:39 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

U.S. advances to final of World Junior A Challenge

The U.S. Junior Select Team erupted for five goals in the first period en route to a 7-4 victory over Switzerland in the semifinal round of the 2012 World Junior A Challenge on Friday at Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The United States advances to Sunday's championship game to face defending champion Canada West at Mariners Centre.

Sheldon Dries, Nicholas Schilkey, Vince Hinostroza, Ryan Fitzgerald and Blake Heinrich scored goals in the opening period, when the U.S. held an 18-9 advantage in shots.

Posted On Friday, 11.09.2012 / 4:19 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Top prospect McCoshen commits to Boston College

Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Ian McCoshen, one of the top players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft in June, will continue his career at Boston College next fall.

McCoshen, who NHL Central Scouting ranked an A-rated skater on its preliminary players to watch list in the United States Hockey League, is currently sidelined with mononucleosis.

In addition to Boston College, the 6-foot-2.5, 207-pound defenseman was also being courted by the University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Ohio State University and the University of North Dakota.

"We have a good freshman class coming in [at Boston College]," McCoshen told via email. "When I visited the guys at BC, they really opened up to me and I was able to see how great they are and how fine the hockey program is, as well."

Posted On Friday, 11.09.2012 / 8:12 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Thursday's three stars from the World Jr. A Challenge

The semifinal round of the 2012 World Junior A Challenge was set on Thursday after Switzerland and Canada East each posted victories in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The Swiss will take on the United States and Canada East will meet Canada West in the semifinal matches slated Friday. The winner advances to the gold medal game at Mariners Centre on Sunday.

Switzerland, which has reached the final four for the second time in as many tournament appearances, received goals from Shane Conacher, Christoph Bertschy, Robin Leone and Dean Kukan in recording a 4-1 triumph over Russia. Meanwhile, Shane Conacher connected for a pair of power-play goals to lift Canada East to a 4-0 win over Czech Republic. Charlie Finn made 25 saves for the shutout.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards checked in with after the quarterfinal-round matchups on Thursday with his top three players of the evening.

Posted On Thursday, 11.08.2012 / 9:51 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

Russia defeats Team OHL with 24-second burst

Before Game 3 of the Subway Super Series, Team OHL center Ryan Strome talked about how fast and skilled Russia was.

The Russians demonstrated that vast skill set in the third period, exploding for a pair of goals in a 24-second span to steal a 2-1 win Thursday at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

Posted On Thursday, 11.08.2012 / 8:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

67's teammates give Team OHL lead over Russia

Tyler Graovac and Sean Monahan know each other quite well, and the relationship helped the Ottawa 67's teammates combine to score the game's only goal for Team OHL against Russia in Subway Super Series Game 3 at Guelph, Ontario.

With Russia halfway through a power play early in the second, defenseman Andrei Mironov got lazy with the puck at center ice, letting Monahan, the top 2013 NHL Draft prospect, intercept a pass intended for Nail Yakupov.

Monahan skated past Yakupov into the left circle and found Graovac heading to the net. Monahan centered a pass to Graovac, and the OHL's leading goal-scorer and Minnesota Wild prospect made one deke and beat Russia goalie Igor Ustinski at 5:49 of the period.

Russia had a couple of solid chances, including a shorthanded chance for Alexander Khokhlachev early in the period, and a great chance in the high slot for Yakupov. However, Team OHL is outshooting Russia 17-9 after two periods.

Canada goalie Malcolm Subban left the game about halfway through the period after making seven saves. The Boston Bruins prospect was replaced by St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Binnington, who stopped the two shots he faced in just over eight minutes of action. He'll play the remainder of the game.

Back with more after the third period.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.08.2012 / 7:59 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

Team OHL, Russia play scoreless first period

Russia, playing its third game in four days, looked a step slow in the first period facing Team OHL in Game 3 of the Subway Super Series at Guelph, Ontario.

One starter looked fresh, however: goalie Igor Ustinski, a 2013 NHL Draft prospect. Ustinski stopped everything Team OHL threw at the Russian net and the game remained scoreless after one period.

Each team had a chance to get on the board on a power-play chance, but Ustinski and Team OHL goalie Malcolm Subban, a Boston Bruins prospect, combined to keep the nets well-guarded.

Team OHL outshot Russia, 9-4.

Alexander Khokhlachev, another Bruins prospect, had Russia's best chance, with about four minutes left, when he took a nice cross-ice pass from Kirill Kapustin and had two shots down low, but Subban denied him both times.

Moments later, Russia captain Nail Yakupov was called for kneeing Sean Monahan, but Team OHL couldn't take advantage of their extra-man opportunity, with Brett Ritchie -- who took Team OHL's penalty 5:43 into the game -- having the best chance, but a bouncing puck got past him.

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