Jon Gillies backstopped a 5-4 USA victory over Russia in the U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament this morning. The Ice goaltender stopped 27 of 31 shots, keeping the U.S. in the game and allowing the Americans to win on an overtime goal. The U.S. is now 1-1 in the tournament, and plays Slovakia at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Game boxscore.
Former Ice forward Brian Ferlin made the roster cutdown for the World Junior Championship camp, and will play in the camp's final games. Ferlin had a goal and two assists in the first two games. He is one of 17 forwards on the USA squad. The team also has nine defensemen and three goaltenders, and so the 29-man roster will be further cut down later.
Adam Erne had a goal and an assist for the USA U17 team in a 5-1 win over the Czech Republic. It was its Five Nations Tournament opener. Erne scored the game's first goal 1:04 into the game on an assist from Gabe Gurtler, and had the first assist on Gurtler's goal at 7:30 that made it 3-0.