Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In relief, Gillies backstops USA win; Erne scores again in victory

Jon Gillies came on after one period and backstopped the United States U18 team's 6-5 shootout victory over Slovakia earlier today.

The U.S. trailed 3-2 after a period, allowing two power play goals, before Gillies came on. He stopped 18 of the 20 shots he faced, and kept the Americans in the game. They scored twice in the final 3:01 to tie the score. Gillies stopped both Slovakia attempts in the shootout, while the U.S. scored on both of its shots. Alex Galenchyuk scored with 3:01 left to make it 5-4, then assisted on Jordan Masters' tying goal 55 seconds later. Galenchyuk and Masters both scored in the shootout. 

The U.S. has won two of its three pool games, but both victories came in OT/SO, so they carried a lower point value. Therefore, the U.S. will play in the fifth-place game of the six-team tournament Friday.

At the U17 level, the United States and former Iceman Adam Erne scored the first goal of the game for the second straight night. Erne's goal at 14:49 of the first period helped spur a 4-2 victory over Germany. He now has two goals and an assist in two games.

Brian Ferlin made the final camp roster in the WJC evaluation camp in Lake Placid, but he did not dress in today's game against Sweden. has a story on Ferlin and Gillies' participation for the United States.

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