Bulldog Competing For Roster Spot
RED DEER, Alta. - While the rest of his Yale hockey teammates are home for the holidays, Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) is competing to make a Team USA roster. The Bulldogs' sophomore forward, trying to make the U.S. Junior National Team's final roster for the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, scored a goal last night in his team's 6-3 loss to Russia at the Enmax Centrium.
The Team USA roster will be paired from candidates to members on Thursday.
This was the first of three pre-tournament games designed to prepare the U.S. National Junior Team for the Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 tournament in Edmonton and Calgary, Alta.
"While we're disappointed with the loss, this is just a step in our evaluation process," said Dean Blais, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "We will continue to work to prepare for the tournament, beginning with tomorrow's exhibition game against Switzerland."
After falling behind in the game's first three minutes, 2-0, Team USA got on the scoreboard when Josh Archibald (Brainerd, Minn./University of Nebraska Omaha) beat Russian goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy with a long shot.
Russia regained a two-goal lead midway through the second period. But Miller intercepted a pass with Team USA shorthanded in the period's final minute, sped away for a breakaway and beat Vasilevskiy to make the score 3-2 heading into the second intermission.
The U.S. could not get closer in the third period, as Russia pushed its advantage to 5-2 before Agostino connected on a rebound opportunity from the slot. An empty-net goal by Russia closed out the scoring.
Team USA goalie Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) made 20 saves in the loss, while Vasilevskiy stopped 34 U.S. shots in the win.
Next up for Team USA is an exhibition game tonight (Dec. 21) against Switzerland in Camrose, Alta. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 p.m. MST, with full coverage at USAHockey.com.
Team USA will play its first preliminary-round game of the IIHF World Junior Championship on Monday (Dec. 26) against Finland. The game, to be televised on NHL Network U.S., will start at 8:00 p.m. EST