Miller scores as USA tops Finns 4-1

Rangers first-rounder gets empty-netter in tourney game at World Jr. camp

Thursday, 08.11.2011 / 8:19 PM ET / Prospects Central
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Miller scores as USA tops Finns 4-1
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Rangers 2011 first-round draft pick J.T. Miller continued his impressive run at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp at Lake Placid, N.Y., on Friday.

Miller closed out the scoring in a 4-1 rout over Finland. The Americans rebounded nicely from a 4-1 loss to Sweden just 24 hours earlier.

Miller's goal, his third in five games at the camp, was an empty-netter, and it came off an assist from linemate Rocco Grimaldi.

Grimaldi, a Florida Panthers prospect, and Kenny Agostino, a Yale University sophomore drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, were again on a line with Miller, who also played with the two on the power play.

J.T. Miller
Miller was again used in all situations and is getting considerable ice time in his bid to be one of the players who survive December's final cut for the World Junior Championship tournament.

In addition to his goal, Miller was called for roughing at 16:30 of the first period and again at 18:25 of the first.

Finland opened the scoring on a brilliant move by Joel Armia, who stole the puck at the USA blue line, beat a defender, and then fired a shot past Andy Iles for a 1-0 lead at 1:39 of the first period

Team USA tied the game 1-1 on a goal by Nick Bjugstad from Jason Zucker at 9:04 of the first period.

Team USA, which outshot the Finns 27-26, went up 2-1 at 9:06 of the second period on a deflection by Shane Prince, who redirected Seth Jones' shot from just inside the blue line.

Prince scored again for a 3-1 lead at 16:21 of the second, putting the game all but out of reach for the final 20 minutes until Miller iced it with an empty-netter.

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