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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Andrew Peeke, USA

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Andrew Peeke, USA

Photo: Team USA defenseman Andrew Peeke competed for the Selects Hockey Academy’s U18 squad in 2014-15, and will be moving on to the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers for the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

After struggling for the first two games at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Team USA finally broke out of their offensive funk in the third game, posting a 7-3 win over Slovakia on Wednesday. The win will place the U.S. in the game that decides fifth place at this tournament, probably not what the team was hoping for heading into the event. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Robin Salo, Finland

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Robin Salo, Finland

Photo: Team Finland defenseman Robin Salo was chosen by Jokerit in the third round of the 2015 KHL Draft, and he is also a prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Finland has so far turned in an impressive showing at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, running the table in Group B after blanking previously undefeated Russia by a 3-0 score on Wednesday. Even before the win over Russia, Finland was guaranteed a slot in the tournament’s semi-final round. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Ben Lown, USA

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Ben Lown, USA

Photo: Team USA forward Ben Lown is a product of the Shattuck St. Mary’s program in Minnesota that has had several graduates eventually move on to the NHL (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

It has been a tough start for Team USA at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The goals have been few while the penalty minutes have been plentiful, which is rarely a recipe for success at any level. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Jakub Lacka, Slovakia

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Jakub Lacka, Slovakia

Photo: Team Slovakia forward Jakub Lacka racked up 34 goals and 77 points in 38 games for HK Ružinov 99 Bratislava’s U18 club in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Of the two countries hosting the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Slovakia has struggled a bit more than the neighboring Czech Republic. The Slovaks have dropped a pair of games so far with a game against the winless USA squad coming up on Wednesday, while the Czech Republic got into the win column on Day 2 with a 5-3 victory over Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Ben Gleason, USA

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Ben Gleason, USA

Photo: Team USA defenseman Ben Gleason played his first season of OHL hockey in 2014-15, posting five assists in 41 games for the London Knights (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

With two losses in their first two games, Team USA has had an Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament to forget so far. The U.S. squad has been outscored 10-3 in their two contests, with five power play goals against included in their goals-against total. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Juuso Valimaki, Finland

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Juuso Valimaki, Finland

Photo: Team Finland defenseman Juuso Valimaki played for Ilves’ U20 Junior A team in 2014-15, scoring five goals and 20 points in 44 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Finland got off to a fine start at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, defeating the U.S. by a 5-1 score. The Finns continued their winning ways on Day 2 of the tournament, defeating Slovakia by a 4-2 score. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Casey Mittelstadt, USA

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Casey Mittelstadt, USA

Photo: Eden Prairie High School forward Casey Mittelstadt produced 22 goals and 47 points in 25 games in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Day 1 of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament was not a memorable one for Team USA, and Day 2 wasn’t a great improvement. After dropping a 5-1 decision to Finland on the first day of the tournament, the U.S. then lost 5-2 to Russia, a loss that could leave them on the outside looking in when it comes to earning a medal. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: William Knierim, USA

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: William Knierim, USA

Photo: Team USA forward William Knierim played for the Chicago Mission program before joining the Dubuque Fignting Saints of the USHL in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Although Team USA has medaled many times at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, they have taken gold just once in a tournament dominated by the Canadians. The Americans were hoping to take a shot a gold at the 2015 edition of this event, but got off to a slow start in dropping a 5-1 decision to Finland on Day 1. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Dayton Rasmussen, USA

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Dayton Rasmussen, USA

Photo: Team USA goaltender is slated to compete for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL for the next two seasons before moving on to the University of Denver in 2017-18 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team USA stumbled out of the gate at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, dropping a 5-1 decision to the country that they had defeated to win gold four short months ago at the U18 World Championship, Finland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Aapeli Rasanen, Finland

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Aapeli Rasanen, Finland

Photo: Tappara forward Aapeli Rasanen captained Finland’s entry at last year’s World U-17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

When last the two countries met in a high level junior competition, Team USA defeated Team Finland in overtime by a 2-1 score to win the gold medal at the 2015 U18 World Championship. Roughly four months later, Finland was able to exact a bit of revenge for that loss by defeating the USA by a 5-1 score on the first day of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Read more »

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