The last few years, every game between the U.S. and Canada at the World Juniors has been a classic and tonight’s was no different.
The U.S. stormed to a 3-0 lead, but Canada stormed back to get up 5-4 before adding two empty-netters.
John Tavares was the hero for the Canadians, tallying a hat trick. He had Canada’s first two goals, which were key in comeback. Cody Hodgson also had a goal and two assists and P.K. Subban had three assists.
America’s leader was BU defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who had a goal and an assist.
UND’s rep Danny Kristo had a nice night. He’s used primarily to kill penalties. Canada got four of its first five goals on the power play, but none while Kristo was killing.
Here’s the box score:
CAN 7, USA 4
First period — 1. USA, Kevin Shattenkirk 1 3:49; 2. USA, Jimmy Hayes 2 (Aaron Palushaj, Eric Tangradi) 7:15 (pp); 3. USA, Jim O’Brien 1 (Kevin Shattenkirk, Drayson Bowman) 12:35; 4. CAN, John Tavares 6 (Cody Hodgson, P.K. Subban) 14:55 (pp); 5. CAN, John Tavares 7 15:43; 6. CAN, Jordan Eberle (Cody Hodgson, P.K. Subban) 18:10 (pp)
Second period – 7. CAN, Zach Boychuk (Thomas Hickey, Chris DiDomenico) :37 (pp); 8. USA, Jonathan Blum (Jordan Schroeder, Cade Fairchild) 3:40 (pp); 9. CAN, Cody Hodgson (Ryan Ellis, P.K. Subban) 6:56 (pp)
Third period – 10. CAN, John Tavares (Angelo Esposito) 19:13 (en); 11. CAN, Tyler Ennis (Evander Kane) 19:50 (en)
Saves — USA: Thomas McCollum 22; CAN: Dustin Tokarski 23
Here’s how the medal round shapes up:
Russia vs. Czech Republic, 2:30 p.m. Friday
USA vs. Slovakia, 6:30 p.m. Friday
Sweden vs. USA/Slovakia winner, 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Canada vs. Russia/Czech winner, 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Bronze, 2:30 p.m. Monday
Gold, 6:30 p.m. Monday