Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eichel OT winner clinches a top seed at IIHF Worlds

In a see-saw contest with Slovakia, Jack Eichel scored on a hard wrist shot from the top of the left circle in the final minutes of overtime to give Team USA a 5-4 win that clinched the top spot in its preliminary round group and a top seed, along with Canada, for the medal round of the IIHF World Championships.

All three Terriers on Team USA hit the scoresheet. In addition to his unassisted  game-winner, Eichel set up Seth Jones for a power play goal to give the US a 2-0 lead. Nick Bonino assisted on the third US goal, and, after Slovakia had roared back to take a 4-3 lead, Charlie Coyle knotted the score in the final seconds of the middle period.

Team USA will face Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Thursday. TV details to be determined.

Eichel is third in scoring for Team USA with a 2-4-6 line, behind his linemates Brock Nelson (9) and Trevor Lewis (8).

● IIHF box score
● CBS Sports report ; Eichel feature
● USA Today recap
IIHF interview with Eichel (video)

More on Matt O'Connor signing a two year contract with Ottawa:
Ottawa Citizen report 

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Kieffer Bellows scored a pair of goals and an assist to lead Sioux Falls past Muskegon, 6-1.  Sioux Falls has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Clark Cup series. Bellows, who scored 33 regular-season goals (most for a 16 year old since the USHL became a Tier 1 program), has eight goals in 11 playoff games, second best in the league.
● ESPN recap


Hockeysfuture.com on draft-eligible 2016 recruit John McDermott:

106. John McDermott, Center, Westminster (USHS), 6’0″, 174 pounds, Darien, CT

He may not be on your radar, but I can assure you that John McDermott is in the sights of NHL scouts. McDermott is a gifted athlete, and was one of the youngest players at his prep school. He is regarded as an elite-level skater who drives possession for his team, one trait coaches gravitate towards.

He has a ton of potential, and has been trending positively as the season went along. He announced his commitment to Boston University for the 2016-17 season.  As a player who has been difficult to contain, it may be difficult for NHL teams to resist adding him to their prospect pool in June.

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