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U.S. WJC: Cuts made following exhibition win

Following its exhibition opener, the U.S. National Junior Team officially announced three cuts to its roster on Saturday.

Kieffer Bellows was among those players sent home
Kieffer Bellows was among those players sent home
Rena Laverty

The U.S. National Junior Team officially announced three cuts to its roster on Saturday, following last night's 4-0 exhibition victory over UMass at the Mullins Center.

U.S. National Under-18 Team forward Kieffer Bellows, Boston College defenseman Casey Fitzgerald, and London Knights goaltender Tyler Parsons were cut from training camp, which continues over in Finland tomorrow.

The U.S. roster now stands at 24 players, including 14 forwards and eight defensemen. The team will carry just two goalies going forward as Luke Opilka of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers was unable to join camp due to illness.

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Sonny Milano scored a goal each in the second and third periods and added an assist in last night's exhibition game, leading a U.S. offensive unit which outshot the Minutemen by a 33-14 count.

Two collegiate players also found the back of the net for the Americans. North Dakota's Nick Schmaltz scored the game's opening goal just 12:16 in while BC's Colin White added the fourth goal at 5:42 of the third, just 42 seconds after Milano gave the U.S. a 3-0 lead.

Alex Nedeljkovic made all seven of his saves in the first period before Brandon Halverson made as many over the second half of the game.