USA Falls to Finland in Overtime, 3-2, Concluding 2012 USA Hockey NJEC


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Press Release from USA Hockey

USA Falls to Finland in Overtime, 3-2, to Conclude 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp
Biggs Scores Two Third Period Goals

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Team USA forced overtime by rallying twice in the third period, but lost, 3-2, to FInland here today at Herb Brooks Arena on the last day of the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Tyler Biggs (Binghamton, N.Y.) had both goals for the United States.

“Certainly, I really liked the effort all the way until the end of the game,” said Phil Housley, head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team. “We battled and were able to tie it up towards the end, so I was happy about that. The disappointing thing is we just turned the puck over too many times and played right into Finland’s hands. It was a valuable learning lesson of how we have to play in December — just take what is given.”

Of the 34 players still in camp, 22 dressed in today’s game. The group is auditioning for the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship , Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia.

The game remained scoreless until 1:25 remained in the second period, when Finland gained a 1-0 lead.

Team USA knotted the game at a goal apiece at 10:17 of the third period. Biggs deflected a hard wrist shot by Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.) up and over the Finnish goalie for a power-play goal.

At 14:33, Finland regained the lead, 2-1, when it capitalized on a breakaway chance.
Once again, Biggs evened the score with 2:44 remaining in regulation. From the left edge of the crease he jammed in his own rebound.

Finland posted the win by tallying the game-winner at 2:11 of the overtime session.

Starting goalie Anthony Stolarz (Edison, N.J.) stopped all 16 shots he faced in 29:24 of action. Jon Gillies (Concord, N.H.) denied 14 of 17 shots in 32:47.

This concludes the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

Game Summary

First Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: FIN, Maata (elbowing), 4:57; USA, Trocheck (roughing), 10:15; USA, Pietila (slashing), 15:56; FIN, Tikkinen (roughing), 18:09.

Second Period – Scoring: 1, FIN, Hannikainen (Barkov), 18:35 (pp). Penalties: USA, Armia (boarding), 0:35; FIN, Lindell (boarding), 4:55; USA, Matteau (slashing), 14:00; USA, Hartman (roughing), 16:42.

Third Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Biggs (Grzelcyk, Murphy), 10:17 (pp); 3, FIN, Lehkonen (unassisted), 14:33; 4, USA, Biggs (Skjei), 17:16. Penalties: FIN, Leino (tripping), 0:15; FIN, Salomaki (roughing), 9:36; USA, Grzelcyk (boarding), 11:42; FIN, Team (too many men), 18:59; USA, Fogarty (slashing), 19:41.

Overtime – Scoring: 5, FIN, Aaltonen (unassisted), 2:11. Penalties: None.








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