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Wild prospect Tuch injured in exhibition game

by Mike G. Morreale

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Forward Alex Tuch, chosen No. 18 by the Minnesota Wild in the 2014 NHL Draft, sustained a knee injury during an exhibition game and will be re-evaluated Tuesday to determine if he can continue his participation in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp this week.

Tuch was injured in the first period of a 10-3 loss to Finland on Monday at Lake Placid Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.

Tuch, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed shot, had 14 goals and 28 points in 37 games for Boston College in Hockey East last season.

"We've been challenging Alex to be a more intimidating in-your-face player," U.S. coach Ron Wilson said. "He got hurt on his second shift [Monday] and had to leave the game. We could have used him when it was getting out of control out there."

The evaluation camp will help determine the final roster for the United States at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Finland, to be played from Dec. 26, 2015, through Jan. 5, 2016. Tuch had one goal and two points in five games at the 2015 WJC in Montreal and Toronto.

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