This is so hockey going on!

This quick analysis is courtesy of the USA Hockey game reports and highlight videos.

Three games are in the can so far, two on Sunday, and one on Monday. There's one more to go this afternoon and then there's a break until Wednesday.


USA White vs Sweden

This was a high-scoring affair, with all nine goals scored at even strength. It's not uncommon for teams thrown together like this to start out with very unimpressive special teams, so don't be surprised if the power play doesn't fire.

Tyler Parsons started out in goal for the Americans, and the teams traded goals in the first period, giving the USA a 2-1 lead. Toronto's JD Greenway had an assist on the opening goal.

The US made it 3-1 early in the second, but Sweden came back with two from John Dahlstrom, one assisted by Toronto's Carl Grundstrom.

Parsons was pulled at that point, and Toronto's Joseph Woll came in. It may have been the plan all along to split the time in the crease, this was nearly the halfway point of the game.

Woll wasn't a wall. Sweden scored three unanswered goals in the third, including two by Grundstrom to give them a 6-3 win.

Gabriel Carlsson led all Swedes with six shots on goal but went pointless. Grundstrom had three shots on goal and three points.

Trent Frederic led the USA White team with 8 shots on goal, and had one point, and no American had more than one point.

Total shots on goal were 47 - 39 for USA White, and the goalie for Sweden was Felix Sandstrom, who played 6 games at last year's WJC, and 25 games of SHL hockey for Brynäs, so the two young USA prospects were fairly outmatched on experience there.


See the two Grundstrom goals here.

USA Blue vs Finland

This was a blowout. Finland put 18-year-old Markus Ruusu in against the USA Blue squad. Ruusu has never played outside of the junior system in Finland, and had only 38 total starts last year.

USA Blue had Tage Thompson who had four points on five shots on goal, Toronto's Jeremy Bracco, who had one goal on four shots on goal, and a long list of other top players.

Otto Somppi opened the scoring for Finland, and then USA Blue answered with 8 goals, outshooting the Finns 32-23.

The Americans took seven minor penalties to the Finns four but ended up with one power play goal and one short handed goal. That's a game Finland wants to forget.



USA Blue vs Sweden

On Monday, the Blue team was at it again, only this time, it was the Swedes who came to play. Sweden chose to rest Carl Grundstrom, Joel Eriksson Ek and Jacob Larsson.

Sweden opened the scoring with two goals in the first, one short handed as the Swedes racked up a lot of minor penalties, but didn't pay any price for it.

Sweden had Adam Warner in net, a 19-year-old who has played mostly in the junior system and is tapped to move to the pro level for a team in the Allsvenskan this year. He is not nearly as experienced as Sandstrom, but he stood up equally well to the USA Blue offensive pressure in the first when they peppered him with 21 shots.

Sweden stepped up the pace in the second, staying even in shots with the Americans, but it was Blue that got two goals, one on a power play, proving the Swedish lack of discipline wasn't going to go unpunished all game.

Jeremy Bracco made it 3-2 for Blue in the closing minutes of the second period.

The third period was when both teams stopped taking penalties and just scored a festival of goals, Bracco got one more, and the final score was 6-4 for USA Blue.

Blue outshot Sweden 50-34, and Warner stayed in for all of those shots. Bracco accounted for eight of them, leading the Blue squad. Bracco also shared the points lead with Tage Thompson with two.


Note the Greenway you see on Team Blue, is JD's older brother.

Next on the Schedule

There is one more split squad game today where White plays Finland. Tuesday is a rest day, before Mitch Marner and Team Canada come to face a unified USA Team as well as Sweden and Finland.


All future games involving Team Canada are televised on TSN, and the full slate is televised in the US on NHL network.

It's very safe to assume that Bracco makes the cut for Team USA, but which of the four goalies they'll choose is harder to guess. JD Greenway has notched one goal heading into his final game for White this afternoon, and he is likely to be on the team too.