December 15, 2003
Hunwick, Vicari Added to U.S. National Junior Team

Michigan State goaltender Dominic Vicari and Michigan defenseman Matt Hunwick have been added to the U.S. National Junior Team, replacing Maineís Jimmy Howard and Harvardís Dylan Reese, both of whom will both be forced to miss the World Junior Championship due to injuries.

Howard suffered a sprained knee and is out for two-to-four weeks, forcing him to miss at least the Everblades College Classic (which he would have missed while in Finland with the U.S. team anyway). He could conceivably return for the Black Bearsí Jan. 4 game against Vermont.

Howard ranks third in the nation with a 1.69 goals-against average. Maine is perhaps uniquely prepared to cope with his loss; the Black Bearsí other goaltender, Frank Doyle, ranks seventh in the nation in GAA (1.88).

Reese, who has no points in six games with Harvard, was forced to withdraw from the team due to an injury that has kept him out of the last six games for Harvard.

Vicari and Hunwick will both miss the Great Lakes Invitational, and each joins teammates on the roster (David Booth and Corey Potter from Michigan State; Alvaro Montoya from Michigan). Vicari has a 5-6-0 record with MSU this season with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. Hunwick has four assists in 18 games for the Wolverines.

The current U.S. National Junior Team roster and the U.S. teamís schedule is listed below.

2004 U.S. National Junior Team Roster

Name
Pos.
2003-04 Team
Jimmy Howard#
G
Maine (Hockey East)
Alvaro Montoya
G
Michigan (CCHA)
Dominic Vicari
G
Michigan State (CCHA)
Matt Carle
D
Denver (WCHA)
Matt Hunwick
D
Michigan (CCHA)
Jeff Likens
D
Wisconsin (WCHA)
Corey Potter
D
Michigan State (CCHA)
Dylan Reese#
D
Harvard (ECAC)
Dan Richmond
D
London (OHL)
Mark Stuart
D
Colorado College (WCHA)
Ryan Suter
D
Wisconsin (WCHA)
James Wisniewski
D
Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
David Booth
F
Michigan State (CCHA)
Dustin Brown#
F
Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Jake Dowell
F
Wisconsin (WCHA)
Patrick Eaves
F
Boston College (Hockey East)
Dan Fritsche
F
Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Ryan Kesler
F
Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Greg Moore
F
Maine (Hockey East)
Brady Murray
F
North Dakota (WCHA)
Patrick O'Sullivan
F
Mississauga Ice Dogs (OHL)
Zach Parise
F
North Dakota (WCHA)
Drew Stafford
F
North Dakota (WCHA)
Brett Sterling
F
Colorado College (WCHA)
Stephen Werner
F
Massachusetts (Hockey East)

# injured; will not participate

Team USA Schedule

Date Game Location
Dec. 26 Austria vs. U.S. Hameenlinna
Dec. 28 U.S. vs. Slovakia Hameenlinna
Dec. 30 U.S. vs. Sweden Hameenlinna
Dec. 31 Russia vs. U.S. Hameenlinna
Jan. 1 Quarterfinal Round Helsinki
Jan. 3 Semifinal Round Helsinki
Jan. 4 Fifth-Place Game Helsinki
Jan. 5 Bronze Medal Game Helsinki
Jan. 5 Gold Medal Game Helsinki


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