Games between Canada and USA never cease to amaze hockey fans, and with the former taking a 4-2 victory on Tuesday, Canada’s chances at a good showing continue to increase.
Canada originally lost to the Russians in their opening game, but managed to follow that up with a 5-1 showing against the Finns on Monday. On Tuesday, the Canadians were strong right out of the gate, getting a goal from Toronto Marlboros star Allan McShane at 2:45 of the first period after deflecting the puck off of a defender and in.
The Americans would fight back shortly after. With the team on the power play, Jacob Semik found an open Tyler Weiss near the side of the net, only to have the Boston University commit find the back of the net to tie the game at one with about five minutes remaining in the opening period.
The Americans would get another one with 24 seconds left in the first. This time, future top five pick in the 2018 NHL Draft Jake Wise (also a Boston commit) deked a defenseman before wristing it past Alexis Gravel to give the team south of the border the 2-1 advantage.
Unfortunately for the team in blue, that was their last chance to find the scoreboard. Just after 6:52 of play in the second, McShane found Gabriel Fortier trailing behind him after chasing down the puck. Fortier made no mistake finding the back of the net, beating Todd Scott for the tying goal.
With under four minutes to go in the second, Conor Roberts gave Canada what turned out to be the victory. The Grey Bruce Highlanders star capitalized on a one-timer from Carson Focht, handing Canada the 3-2 lead heading into the intermission. A nice give-and-go between Luka Burzan and Aidan Dudas saw Burzan score a goal with 6:51 left in the game, finishing off a game where Canada had to fight back to win an entertaining contest between two of hockey’s biggest powers.
With the win, Canada will likely head to the playoff round after what should be a rather simple victory over Norway on Thursday. The Americans will look to bounce back with a game against the strong Russians after sweeping their first two games against the Finns and Norwegians.
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