Monday, August 8, 2011

Ice players on scoresheet today

The players with Ice representing the USA have all seen plenty of action today.

In the WJC camp, Brian Ferlin had a goal and an assist as Team USA White beat Finland 5-3 in Lake Placid. Ferlin assisted on Kenny Agostino's goal to open the game at 9:17 of the first period, and then scored on a feed from Agostino at 6:30 of the second, tying the game at 3-3. Ferlin now has a goal and two assists in two games. Ferlin is headed to Cornell University this fall, and was drafted by the Boston Bruins in June. The two teams will be cut down into one by Wednesday, when the Americans will face Sweden.

At the U18 level, Jon Gillies backstopped the USA in its first game in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but the Americans lost to Finland 6-3. Gillies stopped 33 of the 38 shots he faced. The game was tied 3-3 after a period, but the Finns added a power-play goal in the last minute of the second to take the lead, and another midway through the third. A late empty-netter sealed the score. The USA faces Russia at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

At the U17 level, the USA beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in an exhibition prior to the Five Nations Tournament in Ann Arbor. Adam Erne, who played for the Ice last season, had the first assist on Gabe Gurtler's second-period goal that set the final score. The teams will play again in the tournament's opening game at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Other Ice-related news
Maine-based junior hockey blogger Nate Fournier posted today an item on Ice Futures Draft pick Anthony Florentino. He turned down an invite to the USNDTP U17 team. He did not attend the team's main camp in June, and it appears he'll return to the Eastern Junior Hockey League this fall. He is a 1995 birth.

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