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NJEC: USA downs Finland in shootout, looks forward to final day showdown against Canada

Former Nebraska-Omaha goaltender Anthony Stolarz was the winning goaltender for the United States on Thursday at the National Junior Evaluation Camp.

Michigan recruit JT Compher gets physical on a Swedish player.
Michigan recruit JT Compher gets physical on a Swedish player.
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The United States bounced back to defeat Finland on Thursday, one day after being shut out by the Swedes at the National Junior Evaluation Camp. Adam Erne notched a goal in the seventh road of the shootout to score a victory for the Americans.

Erne had scored a goal in regulation, as had Boston College freshman defenseman Ian McCoshen and Minnesota freshman forward Mike Brodzinski.

Former Nebraska-Omaha goaltender Anthony Stolarz played the entire game in net, stopping 34 of 37 shots faced. Providence sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies had the night off. Most prognosticators believe Gillies, a South Portland, Maine native and Calgary Flames draft pick will be the number one goaltender when the US begins play at the 2014 World Junior Championships.

The United States will play their rivals from north of the border, Canada, in their final game of the evaluation camp on Saturday at 1 p.m. Boston College sophomore defenseman Michael Matheson and Providence sophomore forward Mark Jankowski are representing the Canadians at the event.

Sweden and Finland take to the ice for their final game at 4:15 p.m.

Here are some highlights from Thursday's action, including the shootout, courtesy of USA Hockey's YouTube feed.

Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.