Joey Anderson netted a hat trick and Adam Fox registered five points as the U.S topped Canada, 7-5, in the final game of the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.
The next meeting between the two teams will take place at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York where the U.S. and Canada will face off outdoors at New Era Field on Dec. 29, 2017. The preliminary round game will be the first-ever outdoor game in tournament history.
Anderson opened the scoring for the U.S. just 5:33 into the contest. The play started when Fox collected the puck at the blue line and sent a cross-ice pass to Patrick Harper who curled towards the slot and fired a pass that Anderson redirected past Canada’s goaltender Carter Hart.
Jordan Kyrou evened the score at the 12:43 mark by firing a slap shot from the top of the left circle past Joseph Woll.
Less than four minutes later, Givani Smith gave Canada a 2-1 advantage when his shot from the blue line deflected off a skate and floated over Woll into the top right corner.
The U.S. were able to respond just 43 seconds later, though, when Fox took a pass from Casey Mittelstadt and tucked a wrist shot over Hart’s right shoulder to knot the score, 2-2.
Anderson regained the U.S. lead 1:23 into the middle stanza with his second power-play goal of the game by batting home a rebound off an initial shot from Ryan Poehling.
At 9:14, Kailer Yamamoto made it 4-2 by taking a pass from Fox and skating around a Canadian defender before tucking a backhanded effort low blocker side.
Pierre-Luc Dubois cut the U.S. lead to one just 3:31 later by finding a loose puck near the crease and lifting it over Woll’s left pad.
Harper regained a two-goal U.S. lead just 48 seconds into the final frame when he took a pass from Fox, split two Canadian defenders and fired a wrist shot high glove side past Canada’s goaltender Dylan Wells.
Poehling finished a feed from Harper on the power-play 6:42 into the final period before Sam Steel one-timed a shot past Woll just over five minutes later to make it 6-4.
Jonah Gadjovich tallied for Canada less than two minutes later to bring the score to 6-5.
Anderson completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal in the final minute to account for the 7-5 final.
Woll stopped 16 shots to earn the victory for the U.S.
IHLC: With the victory, Team USA completes a perfect sweep of the National Junior camp, retaining their 13th and current International Hockey Lineal Championship (which they won from Canada at January’s World Junior final) and retained in wins over Sweden and Finland in Plymouth. This marked the 20th junior IHLC meeting between these bitter rivals, their first since the aforementioned World Junior finals, where the U.S. upset Canada on home ice in a shootout win to capture Gold. Today’s win improves the Americans’ record to 8-11-1 all-time, dating back to their first IHLC meeting in 1985. The Americans will now carry the title until the winter, where they will be incumbents in the lead-up to the 2018 World Juniors, hosted on home ice in Buffalo, New York.
04:38 – PEN – Howden, interference
06:33 – PP GOAL – J. Anderson (Harper, Fox)
12:22 – PEN – Fox, tripping
12:43 – PP GOAL – Kyrou (Steel, Raddysh)
16:27 – PEN – Dubois, cross checking
16:27 – PEN – Frederic, cross checking
16:39 – GOAL – Smith (Thomas, Stanley)
17:22 – GOAL – Fox (Mittelstadt)
19:53 – PEN – Dubois, elbowing
21:23 – PP GOAL – J. Anderson (Poehling, Tkachuk)
22:53 – PEN – Harper, high sticking
29:14 – GOAL – Yamamoto (Fox, Samberg)
32:23 – PEN – Yamamoto, high sticking
32:45 – PP GOAL – Dubois (Raddysh, Steel)
35:23 – PEN – Frederic, interference
39:28 – PEN – Thomas, high sticking
40:48 – PP GOAL – Harper (Fox, Tkachuk)
43:05 – PEN – Tkachuk, slashing
46:13 – PEN – Girard, slashing
46:42 – PP GOAL – Poehling (J. Anderson, Fox)
51:47 – GOAL – Steel (Makar, Dubois)
53:27 – GOAL – Gadjovich (Howden, Mete)
54:05 – PEN – Samberg, boarding
59:13 – EN GOAL – J. Anderson (Samberg)
W: Woll (16-21)
L: Hart (10-14), Wells (7-9)
SHOTS ON GOAL
8+9+7 = 24
6+5+10 = 21
Goaltenders: Jake Oettinger, Joseph Woll. Defence: Mikey Anderson, Adam Fox, Quinn Hughes, Phil Kemp, Luke Martin, Andrew Peeke, Dylan Samberg. Forwards: Joey Anderson, Jack Badini, Kieffer Bellows, Logan Brown, Sean Dhooghe, Trent Frederic, Patrick Harper, Casey Mittelstadt, Josh Norris, Ryan Poehling, Brady Tkachuk, Riley Tufte, Kailer Yamamoto.
Goaltenders: Carter Hart, Dylan Wells. Defence: Jake Bean, Kale Clague, Dante Fabbro, Samuel Girard, Cale Makar, Victor Mete, Logan Stanley. Forwards: Dillon Dubé, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Jonah Gadjovich, Brett Howden, Tanner Kaspick, Jordan Kyrou, Michael McLeod, Cliff Pu, Taylor Raddysh, Mason Shaw, Givani Smith, Sam Steel, Robert Thomas.