Ice goaltender Jon Gillies had a strong finish to the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, stopping 21 shots as the US U18 national select team defeated the Czech Republic 3-1 in the fifth place game Friday. The U.S. won three of its four games, but finished fifth because both of its pool play wins came in overtime, which carries a lower point value than regulation wins. Gillies was the goaltender of record in all four games, posting a 3.94 GAA and an 87.6 save percentage. He had the second-best GAA and save percentage among goalies that played at least 100 minutes. He also was second in the tournament in minutes played. Boxscore.
Catching up from yesterday, Brian Ferlin had another assist for Team USA as it beat Finland 4-1 in the World Junior Championships evaluation camp. He has a goal and three assists in the camp. The New England Hockey Journal's junior hockey/draft expert Kirk Luedeke tweeted that Ferlin has "looked nothing but solid" since being drafted by the Bruins in June. The U.S. faces Sweden at 1 p.m. Saturday to round out the tournament. Box for Finland game.
Tonight, Adam Erne was scoreless but the USA U17 team beat Slovakia 6-4 in the Five Nations Tournament. The U.S., which is unbeaten in the tournament, finishes at 7 p.m. Saturday against Switzerland.
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