LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A common theme through the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp has been United States coach Don Lucia's belief that for his team to be successful it needed strong goaltending and strong special teams play.
In his team's final game of the camp Saturday against Canada, he got both, and the result was a 5-1 victory.
The U.S. scored four goals on special teams and got an outstanding effort from goaltender Jon Gillies.
The biggest element in the win was the team's penalty kill, which Lucia admitted wasn't very good early in the camp.
"We were kind of a disaster on the penalty kill earlier in the week," Lucia said. "We felt good that we weren't giving up a lot 5-on-5, but we were giving up three power-play goals a night."