LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - The United States captured two more victories at USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp, as Team White and Team Blue knocked off Finland and Sweden 4-0 and 8-2, respectively. The U.S. squads are comprised of 42 under-20 athletes eligible for a spot on the 2006 U.S. National Junior Team.
In the first game, goaltenders Cory Schneider (Marblehead, Mass.) and Jeff Frazee (Burnsville, Minn.) blanked their opponent for the second straight night, as Team White defeated Finland, 4-0. Schneider turned aside nine shots in just over 30 minutes of action, while Frazee completed the shutout by stopping all 14 shots he faced.
Team White's Nate Gerbe (Oxford, Mich.) scored the first goal of the game at 16:11 of the second period. Gerbe received a pass from former National Team Development Program teammate Erik Johnson (Bloomington, Minn.) at center ice, drove hard to the net, and chipped the puck past Finland's goaltender.
Chad Kolarik (Abington, Pa.) netted Team White's second power play goal at 7:46 of the third period after tapping a post-to-post pass from Bobby Ryan (Cherry Hill, N.J.) into an open net.
Team White extended its lead to 3-0 at 14:12 of the third period thanks to a strong individual effort by Jack Skille (Madison, Wis.), who drove past two defenders to score his second goal of the camp.
Ryan's empty-net goal at 19:49 of the third period capped off Team White's 4-0 victory.
In the night's second game, Chris Bourque (Topsfield, Mass.), Jordan LaVallee (Corvallis, Ore.) and Peter Mueller (Bloomington, Minn.) each scored twice and led Team Blue to a 8-2 victory over Sweden.
Team Blue jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first period. Justin Abdelkader (Muskegon, Mich.) notched an unassisted goal two minutes into the game, LaVallee extended the lead to 2-0 when he converted on a two-on-one shorthanded opportunity at 8:32, and Mueller scored on a wrist shot from the left circle with just seven seconds remaining in the opening frame.
After Sweden scored its first tally at 4:15 of the second period, Team Blue responded on the power play three minutes later when A.J. Thelen (Savage, Minn.) notched the squad's fourth goal, with assists by Adam Pineault (Holyoke, Mass) and Shawn Weller (Glens Falls, N.Y.). Bourque and Mueller extended Team Blue's lead to 6-1 with goals at 11:54 and 14:48 of the second.
Bourque's second goal of the night came on a power play tally at 4:51 of the third period to give Team Blue a 7-1 lead. Sweden scored at 11:23 with the team on a two-man advantage to cut the lead momentarily to five goals, but LaVallee found the back of the net for the second time to give Team Blue its final margin of victory, 8-2.
Jonathan Quick (Hamden, Conn.) stopped 21 of 22 shots faced in just under 30 minutes of action, while Ian Keserich (Parma, Ohio) allowed only one goal on 17 shots during the second half of the game.
Both Team White and Team Blue return to action on Friday, August 13 in Herb Brooks Arena. Team Blue will face Finland at 4 p.m. EDT, while Team White takes on Sweden at 7 p.m. EDT.
NOTES: Both U.S. teams are a combined 4-0-0 versus the teams from Finland and Sweden and have outscored their opponents 22-4 ... The 2006 U.S. National Junior Team will compete in the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Vancouver.
GAME SUMMARY 1
USW 0 1 3 -- 4
FIN 0 0 0 -- 0
First Period - Penalties: FIN, Lehtonen (roughing), 6:04; USW, Paukovich (charging), 8:37; FIN, Korpikosky (interference), 11:45; USW, Lashoff (holding), 14:35; FIN, Korhonen (goaltender interference), 15:43; FIN, Korhonen (holding), 18:58.
Second Period - Scoring: 1, USW, Gerbe (Johnson), 16:11 (PP); Penalties: USW, Lee (holding), 5:48; FIN, Ahtola (slashing), 15:18; FIN, Ahtola (roughing), 17:16; FIN, Mielonen (boarding), 19:46.
Third Period - 2, USW, Kolarik (Ryan, Porter), 7:46 (PP); 3, USW, Skille (unassisted), 14:12; 4, USW, Ryan (unassisted), 19:49. Penalties: USW, Kolarik (hooking), 4:48; FIN, Koistinen (slashing), 6:10; FIN, Tuomainen (high sticking), 9:30; USW, Lerg (interference), 14:42; USW, Ryan (roughing), 17:32; FIN, Korhonen (roughing), 17:32.
Power Plays - USA 2-9, FIN 0-5
Shots - USW 33, FIN 23
Saves - USW: Schneider (9, 9 shots, 30:22), Frazee (14, 14 shots, 29:38) FIN: Ahlqvist (29, 32 shots, 59:27)
GAME SUMMARY 2
USB 3 3 2 -- 8
SWE 0 1 1 -- 2
First Period - Scoring: 1, USB, Abdelkader (unassisted), 2:10; 2, USB, LaVallee (Kessel), 8:32 (SH); 3, USB, Mueller (Maiani, Chorney), 19:53. Penalties: USB, Pineault (roughing) 6:37; SWE, Viklund (tripping), 9:53; USB, Weller (slashing), 15:48;
Second Period - Scoring: 4, SWE, Wargh (Bergfors), 4:15; 5, USB, Thelen (Pineault, Weller), 7:03 (PP); 6, USB, Bourque (Fritsche), 11:54; 7, USB, Mueller (Schremp, Maiani), 14:48; Penalties: SWE, Stralman (tripping), 5:51;
Third Period - Scoring: 8, USB, Bourque (Fritsche, Chorney), 4:51 (PP); 9, SWE, Pettersson (Karisson), 11:23 (PP2); 10, USB, LaVallee (Wheeler, Zalewski), 18:00. Penalties: SWE, Karlsson (holding), 3:45; USB, Yandle (slashing), 7:45; USB, Niskanen (hooking), 10:11; USB, Yandle (cross checking), 10:39; SWE, Demen-Willaume (slashing), 11:54; SWE, Demen-Willaume (slashing), 14:39; USB, Pineault (roughing, 15:08; USB, Bourque (cross checking), 16:05; SWE, Wargh (holding), 16:05.
Power Plays - USB 2-5, SWE 1-5
Shots - USB 44, SWE 39
Saves - USA: Quick (21, 22 shots, 29:53), Keserich (16, 17 shots, 30:07) SWE: Modig (24, 30 shots, 40:00), Akerlund (12, 14 shots, 20:00).