BOSTON -- Head coach Mark Osiecki said his staff and the rest of the administration staff at USA Hockey would sit down later and make some cuts prior to heading out for Kingston, Ontario. It appears the first round of cuts have come down with forwards Adam Erne and Michael McCarron and defenseman Jack Dougherty being sent home from the U.S. World Junior roster.
"We haven't made any decisions as of yet. We'll sit down as a staff and talk things out," said Osiecki after the game. That meeting has obviously occurred and there are three casualties.
Dougherty was listed as the extra defenseman on Team USA's line chart for Friday's exhibition at BU and saw very little ice time. Erne saw slightly more ice time, but didn't do anything to stand out. McCarron looked good at times, exhibiting an explosive first stride and a mean streak to his game. It would seem that USA Hockey's brass thought the team had enough power forwards who can grind down low on their top lines.
Team USA defeated Boston University, 5-2, in an exhibition game at Walter Brown Arena, the former home of Terrier hockey. Noah Hanifin, Jack Eichel, Chase DeLeo, J.T. Compher and Anthony DeAngelo scored goals for the red, white and blue.
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