Canada hands Americans 1st loss at World Juniors
By Josh Yohe
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 6:24 p.m.
Connor McDavid showed up just in time.
McDavid, likely a top pick slated for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, scored the go-ahead goal as Canada upended the previously undefeated United States, 3-2, in the final preliminary-round game Tuesday at the World Junior Championships.
Both teams advanced to the quarterfinals and still could face each other in the medal round. With the win, Canada won its pool.
Team USA took the lead early in the second period on the stick of its captain. Forward Riley Barber, a Washington Capitals prospect and a native of Washington, Pa., scored to put the Americans ahead.
The lead didn't last long.
Nic Petan evened the game with eight minutes left in the second period.
The Americans failed to take advantage of a power play early in the period, and it came back to haunt them.
Moments later, McDavid found a loose puck and banged it in, giving the 16-year-old his first goal of the tournament. He recorded three points in his first two games but struggled during the past two contests, getting benched after taking two penalties.
Curtis Lazar later gave Canada a 3-1 lead.
Stefan Matteau scored with 2:45 remaining in the third to give the Americans hope, but Canada held on for the victory.
Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot assisted on Lazar's goal.
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