LAKE PLACID - The United States men's Junior National Hockey Team picked up its first win of the week in Lake Placid on Thursday, topping Finland 4-3 in a shootout at the Olympic Center.
The team has been holding a week-long training camp in the Olympic Village to get ready for the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. The Americans were blanked by the Swedes 4-0 Wednesday and had to rally to top Finland. Down 3-1, the U.S. got a pair of power-play tallies during a 1:05 span in the third period to force an extra period.
After a scoreless overtime, Adam Erne netted the game-winner in the shootout to clinch the win for the U.S. Erne, a native of New Haven, Conn. also netted the game-tying goal and added another in the shootout, which went seven rounds.
Malte Stromwall of Sweden and Canada’s Frederik Gauthier battle for the puck during Thursday’s matchup between each nation’s junior teams at the Olympic Center. Canada grabbed a 4-0 lead and went on to win 7-4.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Ian McCoshen scored in the opening period for the U.S. and Mike Brodzinski notched the second U.S. goal.
Anthony Stolarz of Edison, N.J. made 34 saves in nets for the Americans during regulation and stopped six of seven shots in the shootout to earn the win. Joonas Korpisalo recorded 31 saves for Finland.
Aleksi Mustonen, Arlturi Lehkonen and Mikko Lethonen scored goals for Finland in regulation.
The U.S. evened its evaluation camp record to 1-1. A big game will be on tap Saturday, the final day of action. At 1 p.m. at the Herb Brooks Arena, the U.S. and Canada will square off.
Canada improved to 2-0 this week with a 7-3 victory over Sweden in Thursday's second game of a doubleheader. In that game, the Canadians built up a 4-0 lead, and Sweden then scored three straight to make it a one-goal contest heading into the final stanza. Canada then went on to score three more times while holding Sweden off the board to pull away.
The games will wrap up with Sweden and Finland facing off Saturday following the U.S.-Canada matchup.