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Miller Helps US Reach Finals

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Former Pittsburgh Hornet J.T. Miller scored a huge goal to help the U.S. Under-17 National Team to a 6-5 overtime victory over Sweden in the semifinals of the 2010 World Under-17 Challenge Sunday night at Iroquois Falls, Ont.

The U.S. team will play for the gold medal against Ontario Monday at 7 p.m. at Timmins, Ont. The game will be broadcast live on the NHL Network.

Sweden led the game, 5-4, in the final minute of regulation when Miller scored the dramatic tying goal for the U.S. with 40 seconds remaining. Miller is tied for the tournament lead with five goals.

Miller, from East Palestine, O., is one of three Pittsburgh area prospects on the national team. The others are goaltender John Gibson of Pittsburgh and defenseman Barrett Kaib of Upper St. Clair.

Miller and Gibson both played last season for the Pittsburgh Hornets, while Kaib skated for Culver Academy in Indiana. All three are playing this year for the U.S. National Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Gibson did not play Sunday but was 2-0 in round-robin competition at the tournament, with a 1.50 goals-against average.

Kaib has chipped in a goal and an assist in five games.

The U.S. Is unbeaten in five games. Ontario is 4-1.
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