Friday, January 1, 2010

Canada defeats USA in a 5-4 (SO) WJC classic

Team USA scored two shorthanded goals and a power play goal against Canada on Thursday, but it wasn't enough as the Canadians rallied back to beat the Americans 5-4 in a shootout. Canada opened the scoring in the first period as Stefan Della-Rovere bulled his way to the net and beat USA goalie Jack Campbell. Canada's undisciplined play gave the Americans their first power play shortly after and they delivered. Philip McRae scored his first goal of the tournament, cleaning up in front of the crease out dueling Team Canada goalie Jake Allen. Team USA came out in the second frame on a mission, hoping to erase memories of last-year's collaspe in Ottawa. The Yanks consistently beat their rivals to the puck and out-worked the Canadian squad, depositing two shorthanded goals . After 40 minutes, Team USA led 3-2. Forward Danny Kristo scored his team high fourth goal of the tournament, 1:01 in the third period, giving the Americans a two-goal lead. Canada's Eberle notched his second goal of the contest, half-way through the period cutting the lead to 4-3. Alex Pietrangelo recorded the game's third shorthanded goal, tying the game at 4-4. After a scoreless overtime, the teams went to a shootout. Both teams scored at will on both netminders, but in the end it was Canada's Allen that made the save that counted. Brandon Kozun scored the SDG for the Canadians as they get a bye into a semifinal match-up.
PP: CAN 0/6, USA 1/4.
CAN: A. Pietrangelo's shorthanded tying goal came with 4:15 left in the third period.
USA: J. Campbell stopped 30/34 shots.

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