University of Maine freshman goalie Jeremy Swayman is one of 28 players selected to the preliminary roster for the United States team that will play in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., from Dec. 26 to January 5.
The final roster will have 23 players.
Swayman is one of three goalies on the roster along with Boston University’s Jake Oettinger and Boston College’s Joseph Woll. Oettinger and Woll are sophomores who were on last year’s World Junior team.
Three goalies were on last year’s final roster.
If Swayman makes the team, he will be the first Black Bear to earn a Team USA roster spot since Greg Moore in 2004. Moore and former Black Bear goalie Jimmy Howard, now with the Detroit Red Wings, were on the 2003 U.S. team.
The 6-foot-3, 191-pound Swayman has allowed just two goals in each of his last seven starts for the Black Bears and is coming off a 39-save performance in a 6-2 win over Vermont on Saturday night.
He has a .925 save percentage on the season, 11th best in the country and third among college freshmen. He has a 2.38 goals against average which is 20th overall and sixth among freshmen.
The Anchorage, Alaska, native will attend a pair of training camps before the World Junior Championships. The first one will be at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 15-19 and the second one will be held at the Northwest Arena in Jamestown, New York, from Dec. 20-23.
The U.S. team will play exhibition games against Belarus in Jamestown on Dec. 20 and against Sweden in Erie, Pa., on Dec. 22.
The UMaine hockey team plays its final series of the fall semester on Dec. 8-9 when it takes on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Black Bears are then on semester break before resuming their schedule on Jan. 6 at Hockey East foe Boston University.
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