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USA Blue Defeats Finland, 4-1; USA White Tops Sweden, 4-3

By, 07/30/17, 1:30PM EDT


In the day's opening game, Keith Petruzzelli stopped 27 shots to lead USA Blue past Finland, 4-1 before Dylan St. Cyr turned aside 27 shots to help USA White top Sweden, 4-3. In total, eight different U.S. players scored in the two wins.

"I think that's what we're looking for as a staff: quality goaltending performances and a balanced level of scoring," said Bob Motzko, head coach of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. "Our guys know there's another pair of games against Canada here before we condense to one roster, so we're expecting some big performances on Tuesday."

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Recap: USA White 4, Sweden 3

Quinn Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) notched a goal and two assists as USA White topped Sweden, 4-3, here tonight at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena.

USA White took a 1-0 lead 5:04 into the first period thanks to Max Gerlach’s (Burnsville, Minn.) second goal of the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase. The play started when Hughes sent the puck down the boards to Ryan Poehling (Lakeville, Minn.), who collected it at the goal line and curled back towards the boards before finding Gerlach at the top right circle for a quick wrist shot that sailed into the top left corner.

Just over four minutes later, Hughes received a pass at the blue line from Logan Brown (St. Louis, Mo.), skated around a Swedish defender and tucked the puck under the crossbar to give USA White a 2-0 advantage.

A three-goal middle stanza began 2:55 into the period when Linus Lindstrom fired a one-timer shot past Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.). Then, with 2:35 remaining, Ivan Lodnia (Novi, Mich.) pushed in a rebound off an initial shot from Jack Badini (Old Greenwich, Conn.) before Jesper Boqvist responded with 32 seconds left in the period to make it, 3-2, USA White, entering the second intermission. 

USA White extended its lead :32 into the final frame when Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash.) threw the puck towards the gold and it bounced off a Sweden defender’s skate and into the net.

A slap shot by Linus Hogberg with 7:31 left in the game put Sweden within one goal, but USA White held on to earn the 4-3 victory.

St. Cyr finished the game with 27 saves from 30 shots on net.

Game Highlights

USA White Roster

Recap: USA Blue 4, Finland 1

Four different players netted goals and Keith Petruzzelli (Wilbraham, Mass.) made 27 saves as USA Blue topped Finland, 4-1, here today at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase. 

After a scoreless first period, USA Blue tallied a trio of goals in the middle frame to build a 3-0 lead. 

Max Gildon (Plano, Texas) started the scoring two minutes into the period by firing a slap shot into the bottom right corner off an initial scoring attempt from Brady Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.). USA Blue doubled its lead at the 9:25 mark when Sasha Chmelevski (Northville, Mich.) found Trent Frederic’s (St. Louis, Mo.) rebound and lifted the puck over Finland’s goaltender Lassi Lehtinen. Jason Robertson (Northville, Mich.) accounted for the period’s third goal just 34 seconds later with a one-timer goal in the slot off a pass by Patrick Khodorenko (Walnut Creek, Calif.).

Finland scored 4:24 into the final frame to make it 3-1 when Aarne Talvitie collected a pass from the left face-off dot and sent it high, glove side past Petruzzelli.

USA Blue regained its three-goal lead 2:42 later when Khodorenko forced a Finland turnover at the hashmarks, allowing Tim Gettinger (North Olmsted, Ohio) to one-time a shot that beat Lehtinen low blocker side.

USA Blue returns to action on Tuesday (Aug. 1) against Canada White at 7 p.m. ET. 

Game Highlights

USA Blue Roster

2017 World Jr Summer Showcase U.S. Schedule

Date Game Result
Sat., July 29 USA White vs. Finland W, 4-2
USA Blue vs. Sweden L, 3-4
Sun., July 30 USA Blue vs. Finland W, 4-1
USA White vs. Sweden W, 4-3
Tues., Aug. 1 Canada Red vs. USA White W, 8-2
Canada White vs. USA Blue L, 1-2
Wed., Aug. 2 USA vs. Sweden W, 3-2
Fri., Aug. 4 Finland vs. USA W, 4-3
Sat., Aug. 5 USA vs. Canada W, 7-5

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