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Prospects

Dubuque, Sudbury drop Club World Cup openers

Sunday, 08.25.2013 / 12:47 PM / Prospects

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The Dubque Fighting Saints allowed four power-play goals in their first game at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup on Sunday, losing to HC Riga of Latvia 5-2 at Omsk (Russia) Arena.

Dubque, of the United States Hockey League, went ahead 2-1 after two goals from Robby Darrar.
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Dubuque of USHL preparing for junior World Cup

Friday, 08.23.2013 / 12:45 PM / Prospects

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Eight players are back to help the Dubuque Fighting Saints attempt to defend their United States Hockey League title, but that journey will begin in a very unfamiliar environment.

The Fighting Saints, winners of the 2013 Clark Cup, will represent the USHL in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia. The tournament features a junior team from eight countries, including Canada, the United States, Finland, Sweden and Belarus. Dubuque will play three games in four days of group play, starting Sunday against HC Riga of Latvia. If the Saints finish in the top two of a pool that includes Vitkovice Steel of the Czech Republic and the host Omsk Hawks, they will advance in the tournament to play two more games.

Dubuque arrived in Russia on Thursday and lost a 4-1 exhibition contest to CSKA Red Army in Moscow on Friday. Seamus Malone, a returnee from the title-winning squad and a University of Wisconsin commit, had the team's goal.

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Undrafted Ikonen hopes he left an impression

Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 8:37 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Finland forward Juuso Ikonen came here a year ago as an 18-year-old forward with hopes of using the national junior evaluation camp as a first step toward being drafted by an NHL team.

That didn't work, as the 5-foot-9, 169-pound left wing wasn't among the 211 players to hear his name called in June at the 2013 NHL Draft.

He was back in Lake Placid again this week, again hoping to use this camp as a chance to showcase himself for NHL scouts.

When he entered the spotlight Saturday, he certainly left a lasting positive impression, scoring in the 10th round of a shootout to lift his team to a 3-2 win against Sweden at Herb Brooks Arena.

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Special teams, Gillies lead U.S. past Canada at NJEC

Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 6:42 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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."

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Canada blanks U.S. 4-0 in Ivan Hlinka final

Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 12:17 PM / Prospects

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Canada won the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka on Saturday by blanking the United States 4-0 in the gold medal game in Piestany, Slovakia, giving the Canadians their sixth consecutive gold medal in the Under-18 tournament.

Michael Dal Colle, Jayce Hawryluk, Aaron Ekblad and Brendan Lemieux scored for Canada, which dominated play for most of the game. Goaltender Julio Billia was perfect, though he wasn't tested often as the Canadians stifled the U.S. attack. His best save came early in the second period, when he stopped Ryan Wagner's wrister after a turnover.

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Turmoil in past, Kerdiles working toward WJC spot

Friday, 08.09.2013 / 4:30 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Nicolas Kerdiles certainly has come a long way in the past year.

It was about a year ago, the Anaheim Ducks prospect said -- during the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp -- that he learned of an inquiry by the NCAA into his amateur status. The resulting suspension nearly forced him to leave what he called his "dream" hockey situation, and submarined his collegiate hockey career before it even started.

"So many little things went on," he told NHL.com. "I don't understand still what exactly it was. At this point I'm over it and I'm just looking forward to having a fresh start this year."

In October 2012, the NCAA announced Kerdiles would be suspended for the entire 2012-13 season for violating the group's amateurism rules, because of an issue with payment for the hotel Kerdiles and his family stayed at during the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh.

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U.S. in Hlinka title game after holding off Czechs

Friday, 08.09.2013 / 3:21 PM / Prospects

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Ryan Wagner got in behind the Czech Republic defense and scored the go-ahead goal 8:46 into the third period as the United States advanced to the championship game of the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka with a 5-3 win Friday in Breclav, Czech Republic.

The U.S. will face Canada, a 3-1 winner over Russia in Friday's other semifinal, for the tournament title on Saturday in Piestany, Slovakia. The Czech Republic and Russia square off for third place back in Breclav.

"The guys really dug down deep to get the win," coach Bob Corkum told the USA Hockey website. "It was really hot and humid in the arena, but they battled through everything and got the job done when it mattered.

"Now it's important for them to get rest and fluids with the quick turnaround, and then we'll get ready for tomorrow."

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McDavid drawing praise from Canada coach Sutter

Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 8:44 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Connor McDavid scored a goal and showcased his speed and tenacity on the forecheck. He even impressed his coach, and Brent Sutter isn't the type of person to toss compliments around like souvenir pucks for the kids.

But ask McDavid how he played and the answer is a bit different.

"I'd say like a C-plus," the 16-year-old phenom said following Canada's 7-3 rout of Sweden here at Herb Brooks Arena. "I don't think it was my best game by any means, but certainly wasn't my worst. Lots of stuff I can build off of."

It's hard to see where McDavid, who is at development camp aiming to become the first 16-year-old to make Canada's national junior team since Sidney Crosby in 2004, still needs improvement.

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Erne makes the difference for U.S.

Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 5:38 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- As the United States and Finland went to a shootout Thursday, U.S. coach Don Lucia was hoping one of his players would stand up and make a difference.

Adam Erne stood up.

"He said, 'Who wants to go.' and no one said anything so I said, 'I'll go,'" Erne said of Lucia. "Every time he said 'Who wants to go,' and he looked at me and gave me the nod and I kept going."

After scoring the game-tying goal in regulation, Erne scored twice in the shootout, tying the game with a goal in the sixth round and then getting the winner in the seventh round of what ended as a 4-3 victory for the United States.

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Sweden defeats U.S. with power play at WJC camp

Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 9:00 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- U.S. coach Don Lucia has spent the better part of this week's National Junior Evaluation Camp advising his players about what can happen when you give a talented team like Sweden an excessive amount of power-play opportunities.

So far, it doesn't appear the lessons are sinking in.

"That's about eight power-play goals in three games," Lucia said. "Hopefully they got a little hockey IQ so you can figure that out."

Through three games against the United States, facing a pair of split-squad teams and a cut-down group, Sweden has scored eight of its 12 goals with the man-advantage, including two on seven attempts in a 4-0 victory Wednesday.

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