Lake Placid, NY- Team White had no problem with Finland. James vanRiemsdyk (UNH, Hockey East, Philadelphia) led the Americans past Finland 7-1. He had three goals.
In the first perod, it was the James vanRiemsdyk show. At the 13:14 mark, Mitch Wahl (Spokane Chiefs, WHL, Calgary) found van Riemsdyk who ripped one past Tomi Karhunen (Sarnia Sting, OHL). On the man advantage, vanRiemsdyk let a shot goes to give the Americans the 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.
The break inbetween periods didn't stop vanRiemsdyk. After a booming shot from Zach Bogosian (Peterborough Petes, OHL, Atlanta) that hit the end boards, vanRiemsdyk dished it off to Jeremy Morin (U-18 NTDP, 2009) who found the cookie jar. It was on a two man advantage. Eric Tangradi (Belleville Bulls, OHL, Anaheim) made it four nil, it was also on the man advantage. Tangradi received a pass from Tyler Johnson (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) another Memorial Cup participant. Finland got on the board with a goal that got passed Brandon Maxwell (U-18 NTDP, Boston College (2009), Hockey East, 2009). Antii Roppo got the goal.
Tyler Johnson got his second point of the game when he got USA's fifth goal. Bogosian added another assist. David Warsofsky (BU, Hockey East, St. Louis) got the last American goal just under five minutes remaining in the contest. He scored it on a rush that he started.
Lake Placid, NY- In the second contest it saw Team Blue vs. Sweden. There's a report that Swedish forward Mattias Tedneby (HV-71, SEL, New Jersey)received 40 stitches and lost most of his teeth from taking a shot in the mouth. As for the game itself, Team Blue followed Team White's lead and won 7-1.
Team Blue got off on the right foot in the second contest of the night. Colin Long (Kelowna Rockets, WHL, Phoenix) got a powerplay goal to get things started. Michigan's sophomore Aaron Palushaj (Michigan, CCHA, St. Louis) also scored a goal on the man advantage. Sweden didn't go into the first intermission empty handed. Defensen Victor Hedman (MODO,SEL, 2009) showed off his offensive capabilities. He took the puck from his own end and skated into the offensive zone. He found Erik Karlsson (Frolunda, SEL, Ottawa) the other defenseman who blasted it by Josh Unice (Kitchener Rangers, OHL, Chicago).
It was a quite second period but AJ Jenks (Plymouth Whalers, OHL, Florida) got the lone goal. Danny Kristo (undecided, North Dakota (2009), WCHA, Montreal) got the only helper. Unice had to be on his toes as he made a few stops on good shots by the Swedes.
Team Blue put it away in the third period. Jordan Schroeder (Minnesota, WCHA, 2009) got two goals in the stanza. His first goal he let a snap shot goal that found a hole past Mark Owuya (Djurgården, SEL). For his second goal, he danced around in the offensive zone and he let a wrister go. AJ Jenks would get his second goal of the game off a Colin Long faceoff win. With about two minutes remaining, Adam Comrie (Saginaw Spirit, OHL, Florida) found the back of the net from a shot from the point.
That's My Take
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