Sweden 4, USA 1

    From USA Hockey on Friday at the U.S. Junior Evlauation Camp. More information on the team website here:

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Team USA dropped a 4-1 decision to Sweden on Friday in a third international game of the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. The Americans play Finland on Saturday.

The contest featured 22 of the 28 U.S. players currently participating in the camp and auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y.

"We needed to take fewer penalties," said Keith Allain, head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. "We’ll learn from today’s game and see how our guys respond against Finland tomorrow."

Sweden scored three goals on consecutive power-play opportunities over a three-minute span in the second period. They extended their lead to 4-0 six minutes into the third period with yet another goal on the man advantage.

Team USA found the back of the net midway through the third period to cut Sweden’s lead to three. Patrick Wey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) fired a long snap shot from the blue line that slipped through traffic to the crease. Zach Budish (Edina, Minn.) was there to redirect the shot past Swedish goalie Robin Lehner.

The U.S. could not complete a comeback, however, and took its first loss of the camp. Team USA goalie Zane Gothberg (Grand Forks, N.D.) made 24 saves in the loss, while Lehner turned aside 22 shots in a winning effort.

The U.S. will return to action tomorrow (Aug. 7) at 4 p.m. EDT against Finland in the final game of the camp. A full schedule and results are below.

NOTES:
Team USA went 0-for-6 on the power-play, while Sweden was 4-for-10 with the man advantage … Nick Bjugstad (Blaine, Minn.) leads all players at the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp with six goals in six games against teams from Finland, Sweden and the U.S. … Bjugstad (6-1–7) and Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J./ 3-4–7) are tied for the camp lead with seven points … The U.S. has posted a 2-0-0-1 record in international competition at the camp.

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