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Stepan, Bourque star for U.S. in 6-1 win

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
The U.S. Under-20 team continued to roll over its Russian opponents in the second of four scheduled games on Wednesday night in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Rangers prospects continued to have an impact.

Just 24 hours after beating the Russians 8-1 on Tuesday night, Team USA did it again with a dominating 6-1 win on Wednesday.

Derek Stepan, the Rangers' 2008 second-round pick, had three assists, and Ryan Bourque, the team's 2009 third-round pick, picked up another goal and assist in the USA rout.

Bourque now has two goals and one assist in two games, while Stepan has four assists in two games. Chris Kreider, the Rangers' first-round pick in 2009, is also a member of the U.S. team that has outscored the Russians by a whopping 14-2 margin.

For the second straight night, Stepan assisted on the game's first goal -- getting the second assist on Danny Kristo's power-play tally at 8:49 of the opening period, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead.

The Americans went up 2-0 with the eventual game-winner on another power play at 8:41 of the second period. Stepan then picked up his second assist of the night, and third point of the tournament, on a power-play goal by Cam Fowler at 10:15 of the second, making it 3-0.

Stepan's third assist came on the American's fourth goal -- another power-play marker -- at 3:21 of the third period. Bourque then got into the action with an assist on Kyle Palmieri's goal at 4:265 of the third and the game's final goal at 18:16 of the third. Bourque's goal came from the slot off a feed from Vancouver draftee Jordan Schroeder.

The 29 players on the U.S. Under-20 team will be cut down to 22 in time for the 2010 World Junior Championship tournament in Saskatchewan. The World Juniors get under way in late December of 2009. 

The series vs. Russia in Lake Placid continues with Game 3 on Friday night at 7 p.m.
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