Miller scores as USA tops Finns 4-1
Rangers first-rounder gets empty-netter in tourney game at World Jr. camp
• Video: Miller at Rangers Development Camp
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.
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.