LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The final game of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp has been delayed until 5:30 p.m. Team USA will face the Czech Republic at the USA Rink in the Olympic Center.
Thus far, Team USA is 2-0 as one squad in international competition. On Wednesday, the U.S. beat Sweden 7-1, and Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y./U.S. National Under-18 Team) tallied a hat trick. Thursday, Team USA bested Finland 9-1, including a hat trick from Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich./Universiy of Michigan) and Team USA combined for 25 points.
The Czechs arrive to Lake Placid after competing in Canada’s junior evaluation camp earlier this week. They opened camp, losing 5-0 against Russia. In their first meeting with Canada they lost 5-2. However, they finished camp strong with a 5-2 win over Canada last night.
The U.S. beat the Czechs, 5-2, in the gold-medal game at the 2014 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship. Team USA and the Czechs also squared off in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship where the U.S. won 5-1 in the preliminary round.
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|21 Motte||23 Turgeon||22 Tuch|
|24 Louis||19 Matthews||14 Hayden|
|18 Milano||17 De Leo||10 Fasching|
|11 Connor||16 Larkin||13 Bjork|
|Left Defense||Right Defense||Goaltenders|
|3 Butcher||28 Collins||1 Demko|
|27 Downing||6 Dougherty||31 Burke|
|4 Carlo||5 Florentino|
Notes: Tonight's scratches are Louie Belpedio (Skokie, Ill./U.S National Under-18 Team), JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill./University of Michigan), Even Cowley (Evergreen, Colo./University of Devner), Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass./U.S National Under-18 Team), Brandon Halverson (Traverse City, Mich.) and Nick Schmatlz (Verona, Wis./Green Bay Gamblers) ... Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./Boston College) is slated to start in net ... Eichel leads Team USA in scoring with nine points (1-8) in five games.