The USA dropped their first and only game of the Junior Evaluation Camp against Sweden 4-1 as Sweden returned the favor on the fast starts as the Americans had 6-3 and 8-3 wins in their first 2 International Games.
Chris Brown wasn't much of a factor in this game while Chris Brown took the day off in this game.
Press Release from USA Hockey: www.usahockey.com
From Lake Placid, NY: Team USA dropped a 4-1 decision to Sweden here this afternoon in its third international game of the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.
The contest featured 22 of the 28 U.S. Players currently participating in the camp and auditioning for a spot on the U.S. Junior National Team that will take part at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships, Dec. 26 thru Jan. 5 2011, in Buffalo NY.
"We needed to take fewer penalties," said Keith Allain, head coach of the 2011 U.S. Junior National Team. "We'll learn from today's game and see how our guys respond against Finland tomorrow."
Sweden scored three goals on consecutive power play opportunities over a three minute span in the 2nd period. They extended their lead to 4-0 six minutes into the third period with yet another goal on the man advantage.
Team USA found the back of the net midway through the third period to cut Sweden's lead to three. Patrick Wey fired a long snap shot from the blue line that slipped through traffic to the crease. Zach Budish was there to redirect the shot past the Swedish Goalie Robin Lehner.
The U.S. could not complete a comeback, however, and took its first loss of the camp. Team USA goalie Zach Gothberg made 24 saves in the loss, while Lehner turned aside 22 shots in a winning effort. The U.S. will return to action tomorrow at 4 PM EDT against Finland in the final game of the camp. A full schedule and results are below.
Sweden 4 USA 1 (0-0, 3-0, 1-1)
1-0 SWE: Lander (PP) (Almqvist, Paajarvi-Svensson) 5:18
2-0 SWE: Jarnkrok (PP) (Wannstrom) 5:52
3-0 SWE: Wallen (PP) (Larsson) 7:33
4-0 SWE: Cehlin (Landeskog, Fasth) 6:17
4-1 USA: Budish (Wey) 11:44
SOG: SWE 28 USA 23
SWE: Lehner 22 SVS on 23 Shots
USA: Gothberg 24 SVS on 28 Shots
PP: SWE 4/10 USA 0/6
PIM: SWE 5 PEN for 12 MIN USA 12 PEN on 32 Minutes
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