Thursday, August 5, 2010

USA Has another fast start to beat Finland at Junior Evaluation

Another game, another fast start for the American Team in New York as the 2nd game saw another great start lead to a 6-3 win over Finland. It was very similar in a lot of ways as a great comeback effort was too little, too late for the Finns to comeback from as the Americans head to 2-0 in the 4 Game Exhibition Series as they play both the Finns & Swedes twice in this series and it will last through this weekend.

Campbell had the day off and it was well deserved after beating Sweden, for Chris Brown, he had his first goal of the international series and 2nd overall in the camp after scoring once on in the Inter Squad Series earlier in the camp.

After a day off today, it's the 2nd game against Sweden which will start at 3:00 PM at the Lake Placid Olympic Center, the same arena that the 1980 Olympic Team won the Gold Medal and played the Miracle on Ice Game.

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From the USA Hockey Website:

From Lake Placid, NY: For the 2nd straight game, Team USA jumped out to a 4-0 lead en route to a 6-3 win over Finland here at the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The contest featured 22 of the 28 U.S. Players currently participating in auditioning for a spot on the U.S. Junior National Team that will take part in the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, in Buffalo, NY.

"I thought we displayed a lot more synergy tonight," said Keith Allian, head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. "Once again" we jumped out to a quick lead, which is something we definitely want to carry into Buffalo."

The U.S. took an early 1-0 lead with a power play goal less then three minutes into the game. Jeremy Morin collected a feed from Adam Clendening and snapped over a shot over the blocker of Jonathan Lilahti from above the left circle.

Midway through the first period, Team USA Grabbed a two goal advantage when Nick Bjugstad and buried a rebound opportunity off a shot by Justin Faulk. Chris Brown made the score 3-0 heading into the first intermission when he intercepted a pass into the neutral zone, chipped the puck over a defensemen and lifted a shot past Lilahti's glove.

Less then five minutes into the second period, Brock Nelson gave the U.S. a 4-0 lead with a tap in power play goal from the crease. Then, following a Finland goal by Julius Junttila, Chris Kreider redirected a floating wrist shot by Derek Forbort between Lilahti's pads to restore Team USA's Four Goal Advantage.

Finland cut the U.S. Lead to three again while on the two-man advantage. But Bjugstad notched his second of the game on the right side of the net with less then 10 seconds remaining in the period to give the U.S. a 6-2 lead after two periods.

Finland scored the lone goal of the 3rd period, but could not mount a comeback. U.S. Goalie Andy IIes made 18 saves in the win, while Lilahti turned aside 20 shots in the losing effort.

The U.S. will return to action Friday August 6 at 3:00 PM CDT against Sweden. A full camp schedule is below.