Monday, August 11, 2008

Lake Placid wrap up

Both U.S. teams lost their games on Friday at U.S Junior National team camp. In Team White’s 7-3 loss to Sweden, Kevin Shattenkirk (photo) and Vinny Saponari (photo, right) assisted on a powerplay goal by Wisconsin’s Ryan McDonough.

On Saturday, the two U.S. squads rebounded for a pair of wins. In Team White’s 5-2 win over Finland, Saponari scored twice, assisted by Shattenkirk on the first. Shattenkirk also picked up an assist on the first of three goals by UNH forward James Van Riemsdyk, Shattenkirk’s former NTDP U18 teammate.

Team USA’s roster for the World Junior Championships will be named in the late fall. In addition to the four Terriers who impressed at the camp and Colby Cohen, who was sidelined by an ankle injury, incoming freshman Corey Trivino is a candidate for Canda's WJC team. In an feature about the Islanders’ youth movement, the assistant general manager discussed his hopes for Corey Trivino.

Taken with one of the Isles' three 2008 second-round picks (No. 36), Trivino had a sensational season with Stouffville of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League, totaling 50 assists and 69 points in 39 games. He also had four goals for the Canadian team at the Under -18 World Championships in April. But the 6-1, 170- pound center will take a big step up the competitive ladder this fall when he plays for Boston University.

"We love Corey's skills and speed," Jankowski said. "It's going to be difficult for him going into Boston University next year. … The biggest thing for Corey is he has to get bigger and stronger. He, more than anyone else we drafted, has to add strength. He's got a good frame to grow into. The message we're going to give to Corey is to go there and be a sponge. Develop your game but bring the offense you have and be confident in your own abilities."

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