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U.S. team trims roster for World Juniors

by Mike G. Morreale

BOSTON -- The USA Hockey managerial team on Friday announced that forwards Adam Erne and Michael McCarron and defenseman Jack Dougherty have been released from the selection camp roster of players competing for spots in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

All three played in a 5-2 U.S. victory against Boston University in an exhibition game Friday at Walter Brown Arena. U.S. coach Mark Osiecki, general manager Jim Johannson and the rest of the staff made the cuts after a lengthy closed-door meeting.

Erne, a second-round pick (No. 33) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2013 NHL Draft, was a member of the U.S. team that finished fifth at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden. He and McCarron (Montreal Canadiens) skated on the same line with center Cole Cassels (Vancouver Canucks).

Dougherty (Nashville Predators) skated with different defense partners during the game Friday.

The United States selection camp roster now consists of 27 players: three goalies, nine defensemen and 15 forwards. The roster will need to be trimmed to 23 players by Dec. 25. Johannson said prior to camp the final roster likely would consist of seven defensemen, 13 forwards and three goalies.

The U.S. selection camp will continue Sunday in Kingston, Ontario, at K Rock Centre. The U.S. will play exhibition games against Germany on Dec. 21 and Sweden on Dec. 23.

USA National Junior Camp Roster

GOALIES: *Thatcher Demko, Boston College, H-EAST (Vancouver Canucks); Brandon Halverson, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (New York Rangers); Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth, OHL (Carolina Hurricanes)

DEFENSEMEN: *Will Butcher, University of Denver, NCHC (Colorado Avalanche); Brandon Carlo, Tri-City, WHL (2015 eligible); Ryan Collins, University of Minnesota, BIG 10 (Colorado Avalanche); Anthony DeAngelo, Sarnia Sting, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Michael Downing, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (Florida Panthers); Noah Hanifin, Boston College, H-EAST (2015 draft eligible); *Ian McCoshen, Boston College, H-EAST (Florida Panthers); *Steven Santini, Boston College, H-EAST (New Jersey Devils); Zach Werenski, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (2015 draft eligible)

FORWARDS: Jeremy Bracco, USA U-18, USHL (2015 draft eligible); J.T. Compher, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (Buffalo Sabres); Cole Cassels, Oshawa, OHL (Vancouver Canucks); Chase De Leo, Portland, WHL (Winnipeg Jets); *Jack Eichel, Boston University, H-EAST (2015 draft eligible); Hudson Fasching, University of Minnesota, BIG 10 (Buffalo Sabres); John Hayden, Yale University, ECAC (Chicago Blackhawks); Dylan Larkin, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (Detroit Red Wings); Anthony Louis, Miami University, NCHC (Chicago Blackhawks); Auston Matthews, USA U-18, USHL (2016 draft eligible); Sonny Milano, Plymouth, OHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Tyler Motte, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (Chicago Blackhawks); Nick Schmaltz, University of North Dakota, NCHC (Chicago Blackhawks); Alex Tuch, Boston College, H-EAST (Minnesota Wild); Miles Wood, Noble & Greenough School, HS-MA (New Jersey Devils)

*- Returning player


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