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Canada squeaks by Slovakia in World Junior Championship

| Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, 2:36 p.m.

Looking in danger of another significant upset, Team Canada took control late in the third period and defeated Slovakia, 5-3, Monday in the World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

The Canadians were down 3-1 in the contest.

One of the star Canadian players, right wing Jonathan Drouin, was the story of the game.

Drouin's 10-minute penalty in the first period allowed Slovakia to take the lead, despite the Canadians enjoying a significant territorial advantage throughout most of the game.

With Canada down in the third period, Drouin redeemed himself.

The third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft scored to even the game with just under six minutes remaining in regulation.

Nic Petan later scored the game-winner for Canada and added an empty net.

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot, the Penguins' top-ranked prospect, recorded an assist on the game-winning goal. Pouliot has been strong during the tournament, playing regularly as a top-four defenseman.

A loss would have been devastating to Canada, which fell to the Czech Republic on Saturday. The Czech team fell to Germany, which had been overwhelmed all tournament, on Monday.

Undefeated so far during the tournament, Team USA enjoyed a day off on Monday before its annual New Year's Eve showdown against Canada.

That game begins at 11:30 a.m. EST.

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