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Miller's USA camp stint comes to end

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Rangers 2011 first-round draft pick J.T. Miller concluded his weeklong stay at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp at Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon by playing in Team USA's final game of the camp, a 6-4 loss to Sweden.

The U.S. World Junior Championship hopefuls, a squad of 29 players that will be cut down further in December, ended the camp with a 2-2-0 record in their two games vs. Sweden and two vs. Finland.

Charlie Coyle, Rocco Grimaldi, Kenny Agostino, and Jason Zucker scored for the Americans on Saturday.

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Sweden led 2-1 at the end of the first period, but the U.S. stormed back to take a 3-2 lead on goals by Grimaldi at 5:53 of the second and Agostino just under four minutes later.

The Swedes tied it at 12:05 of the second, but Team USA gained its final lead on Zucker's goal at with 5:47 to go in the period. Sweden tied it again on a power play late in the second and went on to win with three third-period goals, including one into an empty net.

After the American team was cut down from an original group of 44 players to 29 on Tuesday, Miller was one of only 12 U.S. players to see action in all three remaining games -- a good sign as far as his making the final team for the 2012 World Juniors in Calgary and Edmondon.

Miller finished the evaluation camp tournament with one goal -- an empty=netter in a 4-1 win over Finland -- and four penalty minutes in those three games after having scored twice during the final USA Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage.

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