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Team USA continues roll at Natl Eval Camp

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils
Merrill with Finland's Erik Haula
Team USA's strong play at the National Junior Evaluation Camp continued Wednesday with a 6-3 win over Finland.


For the second straight game, the U.S. jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. They got off to the same quick start in Tuesday's 6-3 defeat of Sweden.

Devils prospect Jonathon Merrill has played in both games for the U.S., and recorded an assist in Tuesday's victory. New Jersey's second-round selection this year, Merrill is vying for a spot on the U.S. team that will look to defend its gold medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.

The 18-year-old defenseman will attend Michigan (CCHA) this fall and has already survived the first round of cuts that trimmed the U.S. roster to 28 from 42. The week-long camp features two meetings each with Sweden and Finland. In game play, Team USA has used 22-man rosters, scratching six skaters.

Sweden and Finland were set to face off Thursday at 4 p.m. ET. Jacob Josefson, the Devils' first-round pick in 2009, entered the matchup with a goal and an assist in two games this week. Josefson has skated for Sweden in the last two world tournaments, capturing silver in 2009, bronze in 2010.

The U.S. battles Sweden on Friday, then wraps up the camp against Finland on Sunday.
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