Boston, Mass. -- It appears likely that the six players from Boston College, Notre Dame and Providence who were representing the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden will be back in time to play in their teams' games Saturday at Fenway Park.
The United States team lost in the quarterfinals to Russia, 5-3. The Americans were the defending Gold Medalists, but had to replace a large portion of the team from 2013, including two defensemen who would have been eligible if their NHL teams had been willing to releasing them. Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones and Winnipeg Jets blue liner Jacob Trouba both were still eligible to play.
Providence and Merrimack take the ice at 4 p.m. in the first Frozen Fenway game. Notre Dame and Boston College will square off at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be telecast on New England Sports Network (NESN). The BC-Notre Dame clash will also be seen nationally on NBC Sports Network.
Providence goaltender Jon Gillies tweeted out that his flight has landed back in the United States, but the group has a connection to make in order to arrive back in Boston. The northeast region of the United States, particularly Massachusetts, was hit hard by a winter storm the past few days making travel extremely difficult.
In addition to Gillies, Boston College is hoping to have the services of freshmen Ian McCoshen, Steve Santini and Thatcher Demko. Notre Dame had two players, Vince Hinostroza and Thomas DiPauli, at the World Juniors.
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