Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Kreider, Bourque Score in Team USA Exhibition Loss (Updated)

Update, 12:07 p.m.:
USA Hockey has anounced the final Team USA roster and as expected Kreider, Bourque and Stepan have made the team.

...congrats guys and good luck.

Original Post: reports Rangers 2009 first-round pick Chris Kreider and 2009 third-rounder Ryan Bourque provided the two U.S. goals in Team USA's 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic on Tuesday in the final tune-up before the U.S. World Junior Championship tournament.

U.S. team capatain Derek Stepan, the Rangers' 2008 second-round pick, was chosen to participate in the shootout, but was stopped by the Czech goalie, who denied all three American shooters.

Only two more players must be cut before the team's final tournament roster is named later today. Kreider, Bourque and Stepan are all considered locks to make the final U.S. squad.

The U.S. begins World Junior tournament play on Saturday against Slovakia. have to be excited about the furture of this team with players like this in the system.

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