Mittelstadt adds to his stack

Casey Mittelstadt continued to step up as a dominant player Tuesday, notching two goals and two assists to propel USA White to an 8-2 thrashing of Canada Red at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, MI.

Just like he did in Saturday's tournament opener, Mittelstadt made a mark in the early stages of the contest with a goal and an assist in the first 3:35 of play to give his squad an early 2-0 lead.

First, he gained the zone with speed and dropped the puck back to a trailer for a secondary helper as Logan Brown was credited with the game's first goal at 1:36. 

Just under two minutes later, Mittelstadt snatched his second goal of the tournament by taking a puck at the left side on the power play and unloading a wrist shot just inside the far post to make it 2-0 USA White.

After slipping a short pass to Logan Brown for the primary assist on USA's fifth goal, Mittelstadt struck again in the third period, entering the zone down the right side with speed, pumping the breaks and patiently picking his spot for his fourth point of the game.

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As a whole, Mittelstadt's game was marked by speed, hands and puck control. He's continued to show up as a smart competitor that should be at the top of heap of players that the U.S. will rely upon to play a leading role later this winter.

Through three games, Mittelstadt leads the World Junior Summer Showcase with six points (3+3). He is currently firing at a 37.5 per cent shooting clip while recording a plus-6 rating.

In addition to Mittelstadt's markers, Brown also scored twice, while Patrick Harper, Max Gerlach, Dylan Samberg and Joey Anderson added singles for USA White. Jake Oettinger stopped 22 of 24 shjots to get the victory.

London Knights centerman Cliff Pu scored the first Canadian goal as he crashed the net on a two-on-one rush and swatted home a perfectly floated saucer feed from Jonah Gadjovich at 11:46 of the middle frame. Pu finished his first game of the summer with one goal, a minus-one rating, one shot on goal and a cross-checking minor.

Brett Howden added a third-period tally for Canada Red. Stuart Skinner (17 saves on 22 shots) and Dylan Wells (six saves on nine shots)  split the net for Canada Red.

In the late game, Canada White rode goals from Jordan Kyrou and Robert Thomas and a 30-save performance split between Carter Hart and Michael DiPietro to edge USA Blue 2-1 in a tightly contested affair. Tim Gettinger scored the lone USA Blue marker. Joseph Woll was very sharp in the USA Blue net, stopping 27 of 29 shots.
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