Preds prospect Colin Wilson
dished out a pair of assists to help Team USA-Blue to a 4-1 win over Team Finland in the opening exhibition game at USA Hockey's Evaluation Camp on Tuesday (Aug. 5). USA Hockey's Evaluation Camp, which runs from Aug. 1-9, is part of the selection process for this winter's World Junior Championship team. Team USA is split into a Blue Team and a White Team. During the duration of the Camp, USA-Blue and USA-White will each play four exhibition games, two against Team Finland and two against Team Sweden.
Wilson assisted on the game's opening goal for Team USA-Blue, a power-play goal by Ryan Bourque at the 11:32 mark of the first period. With USA-Blue leading 2-0, Wilson picked up his second assist 1:02 into the second period, again on a Bourque power-play score.
Fellow Preds prospect Jeremy Smith
got the start in net for Team USA-White in the evening game against Team Sweden. Smith made 11 saves, but dropped a 3-2 overtime decision. All three Team Sweden goals were power-play scores, including a 5-on-3 goal 6:31 into the first period to give Sweden a 1-0 lead. Team USA-White tied the score with a power-play goal 6:16 later and took a 2-1 lead with James van Riemsdyk
's power-play marker late in the opening frame. Team Sweden re-tied the game with a 5-on-4 goal 1:20 into the third period and then won it on a power-play goal at the 3:42 mark of overtime.
Jon Blum, the third Preds prospect at the Evaluation Camp, picked up an assist on Wednesday night in USA-Blue's 7-1 win over Sweden. Wilson was held off the scoresheet on Wednesday, but prior to the start of the exhibition games, Team USA held intrasquad scrimmages with Wilson standing out in Sunday's scrimmage by posting two goals and an assist to lead his team to a 4-3 come-from-behind win. Smith got the night off in net on Wednesday as USA Hockey rotated two goaltenders who did not see action on Tuesday night into the mix.
After a break from games on Thursday, the series will conclude with re-match games on Friday and Saturday.