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Merrill adds assist in U.S. win over Sweden

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils
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Devils prospect Jonathon Merrill chipped in with an assist in Team USA's 6-3 win over Sweden at the National Junior Evaluation Camp on Tuesday.


Merrill, the Devils' second-round pick at this year's Draft, set up Justin Faulk's power-play goal at 9:41 of the third period at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.

The U.S. jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first five minutes of the first period before the Swedes rallied with the next three. Sweden's comeback included a power-play goal from Jacob Josefson, the Devils' first-rounder in 2009.

The week-long evaluation camp will help determine the roster for the U.S. team that will look to defend their gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo this December.

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Merrill,18, survived the first round of cuts on Monday, when the U.S. roster was trimmed to 28 from 42. the 6-3, 200-lb., defenseman hails from Brighton, Mich., and will attend Michigan (CCHA) this fall.

The camp schedule features international play between the U.S., Sweden and Finland, and continues Wednesday, when Team USA faces the Finns. On Friday, they take on Sweden, then close out the camp with a second meeting against Finland on Saturday.

All start times are 4 p.m. ET, and can be viewed live at usahockey.fasthockey.com.
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