Thursday, August 8, 2013

Erne Delivers Shootout Victory Over Finland

Press Release

AKE PLACID, N.Y. – Adam Erne (New Haven, Conn.) scored the decisive tally in a seven-round shootout to give Team USA a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Finland at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Erne also posted a goal and an assist in regulation, both coming in the third period when the U.S. overcame a 3-1 deficit to force overtime.

After Finland opened the scoring at 9:43 of the first period, Team USA evened the score four minutes later. Ian McCoshen’s (Hudson, Wis./Boston College) shot from the right point ricocheted off a Finnish player and between the goaltender’s legs. Zach Stepan (Hastings, Minn./Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato) and Tommy DiPauli (Woodbridge, Ill./Univ. of Notre Dame) collected the assists.
In the second stanza, the Finns took the lead back with a power-play goal at 6:29 and padded their advantage to 3-1 at 13:17.

Over a span of 1:05 in the third period, USA posted a pair of power-play goals to draw even at 3-3. First, Mike Brodzinski (Ham Lake, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota) converted a feed from Erne. Then, Erne found the back of the net with help from Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.).

Anthony Stolarz (Edison, N.J.) made 34 saves. In the shootout, he denied six of seven Finland shooters. Finland's Joonas Korpisalo had 31 stops.

After a day off, USA wraps up play at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp against Canada on Saturday (Aug. 10) at 1 p.m. ET.

(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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