After the Americans beat Canada East 3-2 earlier this week thanks to a goal with just two seconds remaining in the game, they made sure to lay down more of a beating on Thursday during a 7-1 victory over Canada.
Team USA came in as favourites on Thursday, and for a good reason thanks to their all-time tournament record being 26-2-1-4. Just 5:18 into the game, Tyler Sheehy got USA on the board after picking up a loose rebound in front before beating Blade Mann-Dixon to make it 1-0. Less than a minute after the Sheehy goal,went five-hole on Mann-Dixon, extending their lead to two goals before anybody had even settled in to the contest.
U.S. got another goal to make it 3-0 at 9:48 into the first. After Canada struggled to clear the puck out of their own zone, Thomas Novak took control of the loose disk and fired it past the Canadian goaltender to take the three goal advantage before the first period had even hit the half-way point.
Canada did score one of their own. Alex Tonge, one of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s best forwards this season, skated right to the net and picked up a rebound created by Michael Laidley, sending the puck over USA goaltender Eric Schierhorn to break the shutout 13 minutes into the battle.
If Canada thought they had any chance of winning the game, they were wrong. Two minutes after the Canada goal, Snively scored his second goal of the game, only to have Kyle Connor make it 5-1 just 47 seconds later. The first period finally would come to a close, but unfortunately for the hometown fans, Dylan Gambrell and Brock Boeser were both able to add to the onslaught to secure the 7-1 victory for the rivals from below the border.
Thanks to the victory, USA will now face Nikolaj Ehlers and Denmark on Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm EST. Canada, on the other hand, will play in their fourth straight game of the tournament against Russia for the bronze medal at 8:30 pm EST on Friday.
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