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Matteau scores in U.S. loss to Canada

Notches second goal of 2014 tournament

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 2:49 PM ET / News
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Matteau scores in U.S. loss to Canada
Matteau scores in U.S. loss to Canada

Canada got a pair of goals 2:19 apart early in the third period to rally for a 3-2 win against the United States in the finale of preliminary-round play in Group A at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Nicolas Petan, Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar scored for Canada, and goalie Zachary Fucale stopped 24 shots.

The win gave Canada first place in Group A and a spot in the quarterfinals Thursday against the fourth-place finisher in Group B. Canada has beaten the U.S. seven straight times in preliminary-round play, a stretch that dates to the 1999 World Junior Championship.

Riley Barber and Stefan Matteau scored for the Americans and goalie Jon Gillies made 21 saves. The U.S. finished second in the group and will play the third-place team in Group B on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

The game was tied 1-1 after two periods but Canada wasted little time continuing a surge that started in the second period.

McDavid, the 16-year-old sensation touted as a candidate to be the first player picked in the 2015 NHL Draft, had seen his ice time cut due to a few penalties. But he stepped up big Tuesday. Gillies stopped Joshua Morrissey's drive and then got a piece of Bo Horvat's shot in close on the rebound. The U.S. couldn't clear and McDavid was able to pull the puck out of traffic and score at 3:54.

Moments later Lazar capped a great piece of puck movement on a Canada power play at 6:13. Jonathan Drouin dragged the puck around a sliding Connor Carrick to create space and sent a soft pass to Lazar, the Ottawa Senators' draft pick, camped in front for a tap-in.

The U.S. got back within a goal with 2:45 remaining on Matteau's goal. Hudson Fasching carried the puck into the Canadian end and slid it over to Matteau who fired a shot that went off Fucale's glove and bounced off the stick of a Canada player and into the net.

American coach Don Lucia pulled Gillies with one minute left, but despite a furious late push the U.S. couldn't find the tying goal.

After a scoreless first period that saw the United States out shoot Canada 13-6, Barber opened the scoring 3:29 into the second period. The teams were skating 4-on-4 when Nicolas Kerdiles' shot from the right side was blocked by Canada's Adam Pelech. The puck bounced off the endboards behind the net and as it was bouncing back in front American defenseman Jaccob Slavin beat Horvat to it and tipped it back behind the goal to Barber. With Fucale looking the wrong way, Barber stepped in front and stuffed it inside the post for his fourth of the tournament.

Canada tied the game on Petan's third goal in two games and fourth of the tournament at 12:19. Canada's Charles Hudon was first on the forecheck on a dump-in deep in the American end. He forced Matthew Grzelcyk to spin the puck back up the wall along the right side and Anthony Mantha beat Slavin to it. The Detroit Red Wings prospect carried the puck to the net and was upended in the slot. The puck rolled off his stick to Petan, who had just jumped on the ice, and he scored into a nearly empty net as Gillies over-committed to stop Mantha.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 70 16 25 -3 41
M. Cammalleri 63 27 13 3 40
P. Elias 64 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 53 7 24 -8 31
S. Bernier 62 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 69 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 59 3 20 3 23
A. Greene 77 3 18 2 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 57 6 12 -3 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 9 .927 2.20
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47