Canada defeated the United States in a shootout 5-4 after the teams tied 4-4 through overtime Thursday night in the World Junior Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Americans (3-1) led 4-2 in the third period and now face Finland in the quarterfinals Saturday. Canada (4-0) has a bye into the semifinals.
This game story courtesy of TSN.ca
With first place in Group A on the line, Canada defeated the United States 5-4 in a shootout to clinch a bye into the semifinals of the world junior hockey championship in Saskatoon.
All three Canadian shooters scored in the shootout, and Jake Allen stopped Jordan Schroeder to seal the win.
Danny Kristo scored for the United States a minute into the third period to put the Americans in front 4-2, but Jordan Eberle’s second of the game cut the U.S. lead to one with 10 minutes to go. Alex Pietrangelo scored short-handed for Canada to tie the game at 4-4 with 4:15 remaining.
Canada thought they had the go-ahead goal with 2:10 to go, but the referee had blown the whistle for a crease violation just before the puck entered the net.
The opening period was fast-paced, with Canada getting on the board first when Stefan Della Rovere scored on a rebound 2:03 into the game. The lead did not last long as Philip McRae tied it less than two minutes later on an American powerplay.
Jordan Schroeder scored on a short-handed breakaway to give the Americans a 2-1 lead at 7:08 of the second period, but Eberle tied again at 11:15 with a slick move in front of the U.S. net.
A few minutes later, Chris Kreider of the U.S. was awarded a penalty shot, but he was stopped by Canadian goalie Jake Allen. Kyle Palmieri had another breakaway with 6:15 left in the period, but Allen stopped him, too.
The Americans took a 3-2 lead with another short-handed goal as the second period was winding down. This time, it was Tyler Johnson banging home a rebound with 11 seconds left as the U.S. took a one-goal lead into the second intermission.
Allen, who had not allowed a goal in two starts heading into the game, started in the Canadian net. The United States countered with Jack Campbell, who was 1-0 with a shutout in his only start in the tournament.
Canada played without defenceman Calvin de Haan, who is missing his second straight game due to an upper body injury.
Canada claimed a bye straight in to the seminfinals, while the USA will have to play a quarterfinal game against Finland. Russia will play Switzerland in the other quarterfinal game.