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Team USA Loses Thriller to Canada in Shootout

12/31/2009, 1:15pm EST
By USA Hockey

U.S National Junior Team falls 5-4 in final preliminary game

SASKATOON, Sask. - The U.S. National Junior Team scored two shorthanded goals but fell to Canada, 5-4, in a shootout in its final preliminary round game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The U.S. (3-0-1-0) will face Finland in the quarterfinals on Saturday (Jan. 2) at 8 p.m. CST.

"Tonight was a great hockey game for fans of these two countries," said Dean Blais, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "It's tough to lose when a game goes to a shootout like tonight. But I thought both teams played great."

Team USA answered an early Canada goal with a power-play goal four minutes into the opening frame. Philip McRae (Chesterfield, Mo.) collected a rebound in front of the net and buried a quick wrist shot past Canada goalie Jake Allen to tie the game, 1-1.

The U.S. took a 2-1 second-period lead while shorthanded. Tyler Johnson(Spokane, Wash.) stripped a Canada forward in the defensive zone and fed a streaking Jordan Schroeder (Prior Lake, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota) at center ice. Schroeder fired a shot through Allen's pads for his second goal of the tournament.

Following Canada's second goal of the night, Team USA regained the lead with just 11 seconds remaining in the second period. Shorthanded once again,Jerry D'Amigo (Binghamton, N.Y./Rensselaer) broke in on a two-on-one rush and fired a shot on net. Johnson batted in the rebound to give the U.S. a 3-2 advantage.

Just one minute into the third period, Team USA took a 4-2 lead when Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn./Univ. of North Dakota) cut to the net, deked and beat Allen low. But Canada tied the score with goals from Jordan Eberle and Alex Pietrangelo, sending the game into overtime.

A scoreless extra frame sent both teams into a shootout. Despite goals by Team USA's Kristo andJeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y.), Canada connected on all three of its shootout attempts to come away with the victory. Canada, which received a bye to the semifinals, will await the winner of the other quarterfinal game between Russia and Switzerland.

Team USA goalie Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.) turned aside 30 shots in the shootout defeat, while Allen made 24 saves in the victory.

Team USA's quarterfinal game against Finland can be seen live in the U.S. on the NHL Network. It will also be streamed live in the U.S. on FASTHockey.com.


NOTES: Tyler Johnson was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship runs Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. For Team USA's full schedule, click here... The NHL Network (U.S.) and FASTHockey.com will air every U.S. game live from Saskatoon ... In other tournament action, Sweden defeated Finland, 7-1, to win Group B; Switzerland beat Slovakia, 4-1, to advance to the quarterfinals; and Russia knocked off the Czech Republic, 5-2, to secure second place in Group B.

Game Summary

Scoring By Period

CAN 1 - 1 - 2 - 0 - 1 - 5

USA 1 - 2 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 4

First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Della-Rovere (Adam, Caron), 2:03; 2, USA, McRae (D'Amigo), 3:40. Penalties: CAN, Schenn (boarding), 2:26; CAN, Adam (hooking), 9:21; USA, Kreider (hooking), 10:14; USA, Fowler (tripping), 15:26.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Schroeder (Johnson), 7:08 (sh); 4, CAN, Eberle (Schenn, Scandella), 11:15; 5, USA, Johnson (D'Amigo), 19:49 (sh). Penalties: CAN, Della-Rovere (tripping), 3:00; USA, Stepan (hooking), 6:49; CAN, Teubert (tripping - penalty shot), 12:20; USA, Gardiner (holding), 16:11; USA, Jenks (interference), 18:56.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Kristo (Stepan), 1:01; 7, CAN, Eberle (Schenn, McMillan), 10:03; 8, CAN, Pietrangelo (unassisted), 15:45 (sh). Penalties: USA, Jenks (slashing), 11:42; CAN, Eberle (high-sticking), 14:56.

Overtime - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.

Shootout - CAN, Eberle (goal); USA, Kristo (goal); CAN, Kadri (goal); USA, Morin (goal); CAN, Kozun (goal); USA, Schroeder (no goal).

Shots By Period 1 2 3 OT SO Total
CAN 10 9 9 6 1 35
USA 9 11 7 1 0 28
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT SO Total
CAN, Allen 65:00 9-8 11-9 7-6 1-1 0-0 28-24
USA, Campbell 65:00 10-9 9-8 9-7 6-6 1-0 35-30

Power Play: CAN 0-6; USA 1-4
Penalties: CAN 4-8; USA 6-12
Attendance: 15,171

Tag(s): 2010 IIHF WJC  Men's  World Juniors