Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.) netted a hat trick and Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.) registered five points as the U.S topped Canada, 7-5, in the final game of the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.
The next meeting between the two teams will take place at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York where the U.S. and Canada will face off outdoors at New Era Field on Dec. 29, 2017. The preliminary round game will be the first-ever outdoor game in tournament history. For more information on the tournament, click here.
Full recap after the jump
Anderson opened the scoring for the U.S. just 5:33 into the contest. The play started when Fox collected the puck at the blue line and sent a cross-ice pass to Patrick Harper (Jericho, N.Y.) who curled towards the slot and fired a pass that Anderson redirected past Canada's goaltender Carter Hart.
Jordan Kyrou evened the score at the 12:43 mark by firing a slap shot from the top of the left circle past Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.).
Less than four minutes later, Givani Smith gave Canada a 2-1 advantage when his shot from the blue line deflected off a skate and floated over Woll into the top right corner.
The U.S. were able to respond just 43 seconds later, though, when Fox took a pass from Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and tucked a wrist shot over Hart’s right shoulder to knot the score, 2-2.
Anderson regained the U.S. lead 1:23 into the middle stanza with his second power-play goal of the game by batting home a rebound off an initial shot from Ryan Poehling (Lakeville, Minn.).
At 9:14, Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash.) made it 4-2 by taking a pass from Fox and skating around a Canadian defender before tucking a backhanded effort low blocker side.
Pierre-Luc Dubois cut the U.S. lead to one just 3:31 later by finding a loose puck near the crease and lifting it over Woll's left pad.
Harper regained a two-goal U.S. lead just 48 seconds into the final frame when he took a pass from Fox, split two Canadian defenders and fired a wrist shot high glove side past Canada’s goaltender Dylan Wells.
Poehling finished a feed from Harper on the power-play 6:42 into the final period before Sam Steel one-timed a shot past Woll just over five minutes later to make it 6-4.
Jonah Gadjovich tallied for Canada less than two minutes later to bring the score to 6-5.
Anderson completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal in the final minute to account for the 7-5 final.
Woll stopped 16 shots to earn the victory for the U.S.
|Sat., July 29||USA White vs. Finland||W, 4-2|
|USA Blue vs. Sweden||L, 3-4|
|Sun., July 30||USA Blue vs. Finland||W, 4-1|
|USA White vs. Sweden||W, 4-3|
|Tues., Aug. 1||Canada Red vs. USA White||W, 8-2|
|Canada White vs. USA Blue||L, 1-2|
|Wed., Aug. 2||USA vs. Sweden||W, 3-2|
|Fri., Aug. 4||Finland vs. USA||W, 4-3|
|Sat., Aug. 5||USA vs. Canada||W, 7-5|