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Gillies back stops USA to win at World Juniors

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According to the International Ice Hockey Federation website, Calgary Flames' prospect Jon Gillies recorded the goaltending victory on Saturday as the United States defeated Slovakia 6-3 at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

Gillies made 27 saves in 30 attempts as the United States improved to 2-0 in the tournament. Offensively, the Americans were led by Jack Eichel, Ryan Hartman and Matt Grzelcyk who each had a goal and an assist. Eichel is projected to be a high draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

The United States also moved into sole possession of first place in Group A after the Czech Republic surprised Canada by a score of 5-4 in a shootout.

The Americans have been the class of the group to start the tournament and look like they will contend for a gold medal with Sweden and Russia clearly in the mix as well.

The United States next play Germany on Sunday.

Gillies was the Flames' third round pick, 75th overall at the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Pittsburgh.


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