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WJSS UPDATE: Americans flying high

USA makes cuts, head into busy week of action with pair of games vs. Canada

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer /

Through the first three days of the annual summer showcase for the World Juniors, USA Hockey announced this morning that it has trimmed it's roster to 31 players. 

All three Flyers prospects invited to the camp made it through to compete in the final four games (Joel Farabee, Bobby Brink and Cam York).

Farabee, who was a member of the silver medal-winning team last year, has played in two games for USA-Blue recording a pair of goals and an assist to go along with a +3 rating, including a two-goal effort in a 7-1 win over Finland.

The Flyers 14th overall pick in June, defenseman Cam York, enters his first WJSS camp and is also on the USA-Blue squad. He posted his first goal of the showcase having appeared in the two games thus far.

Brink, selected in the second round at 34th overall, also appeared in two of the games and posted an assist and a +2 in the USA's win over the Finns.

After a break in action on Monday, the U.S. will play their much anticipated game vs. Canada on Tuesday.

For the Swedes, d-man Adam Ginning (2nd round, 50th overall in 2018) appeared in both games. He fired three shots on goal in the club's 4-2 loss to USA-Blue on Saturday and helped shut the door on USA-White on Sunday to post a 2-1 overtime win.

The exhibition games are a precursor to the main, and much-hyped, 2020 World Junior Tournament, which will be held from Dec. 26, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020, in Ostrava and Trinec,Czech Republic. 

A Flyers prospect has won at least one medal in each of the last seven years as prospects Jack St. Ivany, Jay O'Brien, Noah Cates and Farabee earned silver in 2019, while the most recent gold medal was earned by current Flyers goaltender Carter Hart in the 2018 tournament.

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