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USA squads score wins over Finland, Sweden on Sunday at World Junior Summer Showcase

by Ryan J. Harr

7/30/17



Plymouth, Mich. – Both USA teams at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase scored victories on Sunday at USA Hockey Arena.

Sasha Chmelevski (SJS, 2017), Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016), Max Gildon (FLA, 2017) and Jason Robertson (DAL, 2017) all chipped in with a goal apiece to help lead Team USA Blue to a 4-1 victory over Finland. Meanwhile, Keith Petruzzelli (DET, 2017) stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced to earn the victory between the pipes.

Aarne Tlavitie (NJD, 2017) scored the lone tally for Finland while Lassi Lehtinen (2018 Draft Eligible) made 27 saves in the tilt.



After a scoreless opening 20 minutes of play, the Americans struck for three goals during the middle period to take a 3-0 lead.

Gildon opened the scoring two minutes into the second when he ripped a shot from between the circles and to beat Lehtinen glove side. The tally was assisted by Brady Tkachuk (2018 Draft Eligible).

Nearly seven minutes later on the power play, Trent Frederic (BOS, 2017) sent a shot from the right point only to have it accidently blocked by Chmelevski. As Chmelevski flagged the shot down, he flipped it over the outstretched glove hand of Lehtinen to make it 2-0.

Then the Americans gained a three-goal cushion on the ensuing shift.

Gettinger forced a turnover near the half wall inside the Finland zone. Joining Gettinger with pressure, Patrick Khodorenko (2018 Draft Eligible) picked up the puck and centered a pass to Robertson atop the blue paint of the offensive zone. In one motion, the forward ripped a shot to push the Americans lead to 3-0 at the 9:59 mark of the second period.

For the second-straight contest, USA Blue carried the lead into the final period. However unlike Saturday afternoon in which Sweden rallied to win, USA Blue was able to hold off the Finns.

Finland did spoil Petruzzelli’s shutout bid at the 4:26 mark of the final period when Tlavitie wristed the puck past the right-hand of the Americans netminder.

Team USA Blue regained its three-goal advantage less than three minutes later with Gettinger’s marker with 12:54 left in regulation.


USA White Scores Twice in Opening Frame Then Holds on for 4-3 Win Over Sweden

Quinn Hughes (2018 Draft Eligible) led USA White to a 4-3 victory versus Sweden as the defenseman recorded a goal and a pair of assists. Max Gerlach (2018 Draft Eligible) and Ivan Lodnia (MIN, 2017) each found the back net as goaltender Dylan St. Cyr (2018 Draft Eligible) made 27 saves in the crease in a winning effort.

Team Sweden was paced by blueliner Linus Hogberg (PHI, 2016) as he posted a goal and an assist. Jesper Boqvist (NJD, 2017) and Linus Lindstrom (CGY, 2016) rounded out the scoring on the afternoon. Netminder Isak Wallin (2018 Draft Eligible) stopped 20 of 24 shots in the contest but suffered the loss.

After Team Sweden made it 3-2 in the final 30 seconds of the second period, USA White responded 32 seconds into the third to regain the two-goal cushion and hang on for victory.

“It is nice to open the first two days of the tournament with two wins,” Casey Mittelstadt, the first-round selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2017 NHL Draft said. “Starting off 2-0 is definitely good for us as a group. However, while we came out with a victory today, we had some stretches where we did not play our best. But our goalie helped bailed us out.”

Despite drawing three USA White penalties in the third period, Sweden could not close the gap.

Like in Saturday’s opening period of the summer showcase – when USA White scored 65 seconds in – the Americans struck first again on Sunday with a goal less than five minutes in.

Coming around the net with the puck, Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017) drew the attention of the Swedes before hitting Gerlach in the slot for the goal. Hughes and Poehling each were awarded an assist on the play at the 5:03 mark of the first.

The Americans built a two-goal advantage with Hughes’ power-play goal with 10:31 left to play in the first period and carried much of the play through the first half of frame. Hughes powered his way from the left point to the left faceoff dot before roofing a shot that went in and out of the net so quickly it required a brief video review.

Trailing by a pair of goals following the first intermission, Sweden cut USA’s lead in half twice during the middle stanza to go into the third period down by a single goal.

On the first occasion, after gaining possession of a loose puck from between the benches, Sweden forward, Marcus Davidsson (BUF, 2017), sprung Linus Hogberg (PHI, 2017) into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 rush with Lindstrom.

With Hogberg driving to the center of the ice Lindstrom went near the far wall. Upon receiving the puck, he fired it into the net to make it a 2-1 game just 2:55 into the second period.

As the Americans upped the lead to 3-1, Sweden countered before the horn sounded on the second period with Boqvist’s power-play tally with 32 seconds left. Kailer Yamamoto (EDM, 2017) scored the eventual game-winner for USA White.

The summer showcase has a scheduled off day on Monday, but resumes on Tuesday when USA White welcomes Team Canada Red to USA Hockey Arena for a 4 p.m. contest followed by USA Blue and Canada White at 7 p.m.


About the World Junior Summer Showcase

This is the second consecutive year that USA Hockey Arena has hosted the World Junior Summer Showcase, which features some of the top players under the age of 20 from the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden. In total, the week-long event will include 12 international competitions between the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden.

Players are auditioning for a spot to represent their respective countries in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo.

USA squads score wins over Finland, Sweden on Sunday at World Junior Summer Showcase

by Ryan J. Harr

7/30/17



Plymouth, Mich. – Both USA teams at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase scored victories on Sunday at USA Hockey Arena.

Sasha Chmelevski (SJS, 2017), Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016), Max Gildon (FLA, 2017) and Jason Robertson (DAL, 2017) all chipped in with a goal apiece to help lead Team USA Blue to a 4-1 victory over Finland. Meanwhile, Keith Petruzzelli (DET, 2017) stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced to earn the victory between the pipes.

Aarne Tlavitie (NJD, 2017) scored the lone tally for Finland while Lassi Lehtinen (2018 Draft Eligible) made 27 saves in the tilt.



After a scoreless opening 20 minutes of play, the Americans struck for three goals during the middle period to take a 3-0 lead.

Gildon opened the scoring two minutes into the second when he ripped a shot from between the circles and to beat Lehtinen glove side. The tally was assisted by Brady Tkachuk (2018 Draft Eligible).

Nearly seven minutes later on the power play, Trent Frederic (BOS, 2017) sent a shot from the right point only to have it accidently blocked by Chmelevski. As Chmelevski flagged the shot down, he flipped it over the outstretched glove hand of Lehtinen to make it 2-0.

Then the Americans gained a three-goal cushion on the ensuing shift.

Gettinger forced a turnover near the half wall inside the Finland zone. Joining Gettinger with pressure, Patrick Khodorenko (2018 Draft Eligible) picked up the puck and centered a pass to Robertson atop the blue paint of the offensive zone. In one motion, the forward ripped a shot to push the Americans lead to 3-0 at the 9:59 mark of the second period.

For the second-straight contest, USA Blue carried the lead into the final period. However unlike Saturday afternoon in which Sweden rallied to win, USA Blue was able to hold off the Finns.

Finland did spoil Petruzzelli’s shutout bid at the 4:26 mark of the final period when Tlavitie wristed the puck past the right-hand of the Americans netminder.

Team USA Blue regained its three-goal advantage less than three minutes later with Gettinger’s marker with 12:54 left in regulation.


USA White Scores Twice in Opening Frame Then Holds on for 4-3 Win Over Sweden

Quinn Hughes (2018 Draft Eligible) led USA White to a 4-3 victory versus Sweden as the defenseman recorded a goal and a pair of assists. Max Gerlach (2018 Draft Eligible) and Ivan Lodnia (MIN, 2017) each found the back net as goaltender Dylan St. Cyr (2018 Draft Eligible) made 27 saves in the crease in a winning effort.

Team Sweden was paced by blueliner Linus Hogberg (PHI, 2016) as he posted a goal and an assist. Jesper Boqvist (NJD, 2017) and Linus Lindstrom (CGY, 2016) rounded out the scoring on the afternoon. Netminder Isak Wallin (2018 Draft Eligible) stopped 20 of 24 shots in the contest but suffered the loss.

After Team Sweden made it 3-2 in the final 30 seconds of the second period, USA White responded 32 seconds into the third to regain the two-goal cushion and hang on for victory.

“It is nice to open the first two days of the tournament with two wins,” Casey Mittelstadt, the first-round selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2017 NHL Draft said. “Starting off 2-0 is definitely good for us as a group. However, while we came out with a victory today, we had some stretches where we did not play our best. But our goalie helped bailed us out.”

Despite drawing three USA White penalties in the third period, Sweden could not close the gap.

Like in Saturday’s opening period of the summer showcase – when USA White scored 65 seconds in – the Americans struck first again on Sunday with a goal less than five minutes in.

Coming around the net with the puck, Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017) drew the attention of the Swedes before hitting Gerlach in the slot for the goal. Hughes and Poehling each were awarded an assist on the play at the 5:03 mark of the first.

The Americans built a two-goal advantage with Hughes’ power-play goal with 10:31 left to play in the first period and carried much of the play through the first half of frame. Hughes powered his way from the left point to the left faceoff dot before roofing a shot that went in and out of the net so quickly it required a brief video review.

Trailing by a pair of goals following the first intermission, Sweden cut USA’s lead in half twice during the middle stanza to go into the third period down by a single goal.

On the first occasion, after gaining possession of a loose puck from between the benches, Sweden forward, Marcus Davidsson (BUF, 2017), sprung Linus Hogberg (PHI, 2017) into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 rush with Lindstrom.

With Hogberg driving to the center of the ice Lindstrom went near the far wall. Upon receiving the puck, he fired it into the net to make it a 2-1 game just 2:55 into the second period.

As the Americans upped the lead to 3-1, Sweden countered before the horn sounded on the second period with Boqvist’s power-play tally with 32 seconds left. Kailer Yamamoto (EDM, 2017) scored the eventual game-winner for USA White.

The summer showcase has a scheduled off day on Monday, but resumes on Tuesday when USA White welcomes Team Canada Red to USA Hockey Arena for a 4 p.m. contest followed by USA Blue and Canada White at 7 p.m.


About the World Junior Summer Showcase

This is the second consecutive year that USA Hockey Arena has hosted the World Junior Summer Showcase, which features some of the top players under the age of 20 from the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden. In total, the week-long event will include 12 international competitions between the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden.

Players are auditioning for a spot to represent their respective countries in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo.