USA White Tops Finland, 4-2; USA Blue Falls to Sweden, 4-3

Three different players tallied a goal and assist as USA White topped Finland, 4-2, in the opening game of the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.

USA White opened the scoring 1:05 into the game when Evan Barratt (Bristol, Penn.) took a pass from Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and slid the puck past Finland’s goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash.) also collected an assist on the play. 

Finland evened the score 7:31 later after Kasper Kotkansalo rang a wrist shot off the post to beat Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.).

USA White regained the lead 6:50 into the middle stanza when Jack Badini (Old Greenwich, Conn.) beat Luukkonen with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle off assists from Max Gerlach (Burnsville, Minn.) and Dylan Samberg (Hermantown, Minn.). 

With 6:48 remaining in the period, Janne Kuokkanen was able to knot the score at two apiece by skating in alone and firing a high shot past Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.).

Just 1:23 into the final frame, Gerlach made it 3-2 for USA White by taking a pass from Ivan Lodnia (Novi, Mich.), wrapping around the net and tucking the puck past a sprawled Luukkonen.

USA White claimed a two-goal advantage with 7:13 to play when Barratt forced a turnover, allowing Mittelstadt to pick up the puck, skate in alone and tuck a backhanded shot under the crossbar. 

Oettinger, who started in goal for USA White, saw 31:01 minutes of play and finished with 10 saves on 11 shots. In 28:59 minutes of action, St. Cyr stopped eight of the nine shots he faced in relief.

USA White returns to action tomorrow when it takes on Sweden at 4 p.m. ET.

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