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US beats Slovakia in shootout at Hlinka tourney

Wednesday, 08.10.2011 / 4:01 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Jordan Masters and Alex Galchenyuk scored in a shootout as the U.S. Under-18 select team beat Slovakia 6-5 in their final preliminary-round match of the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament at Zimny Stadium in Piestany, Slovakia.

Despite beating Russia in overtime on Tuesday and the shootout win against Slovakia, the U.S. can finish no higher than fifth after placing third in Group B with two overtime wins and one regulation loss. The Americans, who battled back from a two-goal deficit on three occasions against Slovakia, will play Friday against the Czech Republic.

Masters, of the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the United States Hockey League, and Galchenyuk, of the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting, scored in a span of 55 seconds with less than five minutes remaining in the third period to force the overtime. John Gillies, of the USHL's Indiana Ice, turned aside 26 shots, including nine in the second period. He stopped both attempts in shootout.

"I'm extremely proud of our guys for overcoming so much adversity today," U.S. coach Seth Appert said. "We stuck together through penalties and after falling behind a couple of times, and came away with a big win."

Canada routs Switzerland, advances at Hlinka

Wednesday, 08.10.2011 / 12:41 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Andreas Athanasiou scored a pair of goals and Kerby Rychel had a goal and an assist to pace the Canadian Under-18 select team to a 6-0 victory over Switzerland on Wednesday in preliminary-round action of the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament at Alcaplast Arena in Breclav, Czech Republic.

Canada, which has now won two straight by a combined 12-1 after dropping a 5-1 decision to Sweden on Monday, will advance to Friday's semifinal round. The medal round will be held Saturday.

The Canadians opened a 4-0 lead in the first period. Derrick Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks) and Rychel (Windsor Spitfires) connected in a span of eight seconds less than two minutes into the game before Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals) and Athanasiou (London Knights) scored in a span of 3:19 later in the period.

Goalies Daniel Altshuller (Napean Riders) and Domenic Graham (Drummondville Voltegieurs) combined on the shutout. Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat Tigers) converted a penalty shot 14:46 into the second to extend the lead to 5-0 and Athanasiou scored off a feed from Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw Warriors) 9:05 into the third.

Six different scorers for Canada in rout of Czechs

Tuesday, 08.09.2011 / 4:40 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The Canadian Under-18 select team received goals from six different players on Tuesday en route to a 6-1 victory over the Czech Republic in its second preliminary-round contest of the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament at Alcaplast Arena in Breclav, Czech Republic.

Following a scoreless opening period, the teams combined for five goals in the second when three-time defending champ Canada opened a 4-1 advantage.

Charles Hudon, the offensive rookie of the year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Chicoutimi Sangueneens last season, and Sean Monahan of the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's scored goals 55 seconds apart midway through the second to stake the Canadians to a 3-1 lead.

USA beats Russia 5-4 at Ivan Hlinka tourney

Tuesday, 08.09.2011 / 1:30 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Vincent Hinostroza scored his second goal of the game with less than a minute remaining in overtime on Tuesday to give the U.S. Under-18 select team a 5-4 victory over Russia in their second preliminary-round match of the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament at Zimny Stadium in Piestany, Slovakia.

Forward Timur Shingaryeyev scored with 1:44 left in regulation to create a 4-4 tie for Russia, which suffered its first loss of the tournament.

Hinostroza, who spent this past season with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League, ended the match in the extra session off assists from Jordan Masters and Brett Pesce.

Elliott ready to claim Avalanche roster spot

Thursday, 08.04.2011 / 5:28 PM / Prospects

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

DENVER -- Stefan Elliott certainly noticed when the Colorado Avalanche traded John-Michael Liles to Toronto just before the 2011 Entry Draft.

Like Liles, who led all Avalanche defensemen in scoring for five consecutive seasons, Elliott is a puck-carrying blueliner with plenty of offensive talent.

Liles' departure opened a roster spot Elliott hopes to fill when training camp begins in September.

"It's kind of hard not to (keep up with offseason news)," Elliott told "I follow the NHL and I keep track of all the moves that are going around, especially when they involve the organization that you belong to. When a move involves a defenseman, it kind of sticks out a little more."

Canada announces roster for 2011 Hlinka tournament

Tuesday, 08.02.2011 / 8:50 PM / Prospects

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Twenty players from the Canadian Hockey League, including 13 from the Ontario Hockey League, highlight Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team that will compete next week at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. Hockey Canada announced the 22-man roster Tuesday night.

The roster was finalized following Hockey Canada's four-day selection camp at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary. The roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Eleven of the 22 players will also play at the NHL's Research, Development and Orientation Camp in Toronto from Aug. 16-17.

Devils' pick Boucher signs with Sarnia Sting

Friday, 07.29.2011 / 1:31 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Forward Reid Boucher, a fourth-round selection by the New Jersey Devils in the 2011 Entry Draft, has signed a contract with the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting.

Boucher is the second player from the U.S. National Team Development Team to sign with the Sting in the last 24 hours. Defenseman Connor Murphy, taken by the Phoenix Coyotes with the 20th pick of the first round, opted to sign with the Sting on Thursday rather than attend Miami University in the fall.

Boucher was selected in the 14th round by Sarnia in the 2009 OHL draft.

Rangers' pick made tough call with Plymouth

Friday, 07.29.2011 / 10:38 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

J.T. Miller admitted choosing to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League was a tough decision, but one he felt was in the best interest of his hockey career.

Miller, taken by the New York Rangers with the 15th pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, decided July 14 he would forgo a scholarship to play at the University of North Dakota, and after signing his entry-level deal with the Rangers on Thursday, he signed to play with the Whalers on Friday.

Because Miller was drafted from the U.S. National Team Development Program, he is eligible to play in the American Hockey League this season, but that would waste a season on his contract.

"I'm very excited to finally get to Plymouth," Miller told Plymouth's website. "I've had to make a couple of tough decisions over the last few weeks, but I'm happy to get up there and am ready to play. … Plymouth looks like a strong team with one of the best coaches in the league (Mike Vellucci) -- if not the best, in my opinion. I've seen Plymouth play a few times, especially when Tyler Seguin was there, and it was great to watch."

Oleksiak added to Canada junior camp roster

Thursday, 07.28.2011 / 2:38 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Just three days after opting to forego his college career at Northeastern University and sign with the Ontario Hockey League's Saginaw Spirit, defenseman Jamieson Oleksiak on Thursday was added to the Canadian National Junior Team summer development camp roster.

The camp, which now includes four goalies, 17 defensemen and 26 forwards, is scheduled for Aug. 3-7 in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alta., and will feature 47 of the top Canadian players born in 1992 and 1993. The camp will be used to help determine the 22-man roster that will participate in the 2012 World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Calgary from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.

Oleksiak, taken by the Dallas Stars with the 14th pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, holds dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship. He had been invited to attend USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp, which will be held Aug. 6-13 in Lake Placid, N.Y., but will attend the Hockey Canada camp instead.

Kelowna Rockets to host 2012 Top Prospects Game

Wednesday, 07.27.2011 / 3:14 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League will host the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The event will be held Feb. 1, 2012 at Prospera Place, and feature 40 of the top prospects for the 2012 Entry Draft playing this season in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League.

Players for the event, which has been held annually since 1996, are picked by the 30 NHL teams, with NHL Central Scouting coordinating the event.
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