Game Report 2650 IIHF World Junior Championship
PLAYED AT: Ostravar Arena
Date: Dec 26, 2019
GAME NOTES: CANADA EARNS WILD WIN OVER U.S. IN WJC OPENER JASON LA ROSE OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Alexis Lafrenière (Saint-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) scored the game-winning goal and added three assists to lead Canada’s National Junior Team to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the United States in the opening game for both Thursday at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. The win ended a four-game losing streak to the U.S., and improved Canada’s all-time record against its North American neighbours to 33-11-3 since the first World Juniors in 1977. Lafrenière picked up three of his four points in the decisive third period, including the game-winner; just seven seconds after Shane Pinto had completed the American comeback from a two-goal deficit, Lafrenière knocked down a D-to-D pass in the U.S. zone and tucked the puck around goaltender Spencer Knight. He also set up Canadian captain Barrett Hayton (Peterborough, Ont./Arizona, NHL) for both of his power-play goals and earned a helper on the empty-net goal by Ty Dellandrea (Port Perry, Ont./Flint, OHL). The game was dominated by special teams – six of the 10 goals came on the man advantage. The U.S. used its power play to take a 2-0 first-period lead; Pinto tipped in a Zac Jones shot just 3:10 in, and Arthur Kaliyev hammered a one-timer past Canadian netminder Nico Daws (Burlington, Ont./Guelph, OHL) late in the opening frame. The second period belonged to the Canadians, starting with Akil Thomas (Toronto, Ont./Niagara, OHL) setting up Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./London, OHL) for the 2-1 goal early in the stanza. Hayton got his first at 6:34 to tie the game, ripping a one-timer past Knight, and Nolan Foote (Kelowna, B.C./Kelowna, WHL) lasered a wrist shot over the short-side shoulder of the American goaltender on another power play less than seven minutes later to give the Canadians their first lead. The final 10 minutes of the third period were absolutely crazy, with the teams combining for five goals. Lafrenière dangled his way to the net before slipping a cross-crease feed to Hayton to make it 4-2 midway through the final frame, but the U.S. was far from finished. Nick Robertson made it a one-goal game at 12:45, letting go a shot from between the hashmarks that beat Daws upstairs, and he went across the crease for Pinto at 16:42 to draw the Americans even. But the immediate response from Lafrenière put the Canadians ahead for good, and Dellandrea clinched the three points into the empty net with just 69 seconds left. Shots on goal finished even, 32-32. Canada gets back to action Saturday when it takes on Russia (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT). The IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice next year when Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., host the 2021 World Juniors. Fans have until Jan. 5 to sign up for the Priority Draw for their chance to purchase tickets in both cities. Visit HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets for more information.
Visiting Team: United States
Home Team: Canada
Head Coach: Dale Hunter
Assistant Coach: Alan Letang
Assistant Coach: Mitch Love
Assistant Coach: André Tourigny
UNITED STATES LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G30  Knight, Spencer
G32  Wolf, Dustin
  Harris, Jordan
  York, Cam
  Jones, Zac
  Stastney, Spencer
  Zegras, Trevor
 10  Hall, Curtis
 12  Drury, Jack
 13  Caufield, Cole
 15  Turcotte, Alex
 16  Robertson, Nick
 17  Beecher, John
 18  Wahlstrom, Oliver
 19  Miller, K'Andre
 20  Ford, Parker
 21  Emberson, Ty
 22  Pinto, Shane
 23  Brink, Bobby
 24  Samuelsson, Mattias
 25  Pivonka, Jacob
 28  Kaliyev, Arthur
UNITED STATES PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st2:00 Interference 5:541 5:547:54
2nd22 2:00 Holding 6:271 6:276:34
2nd2:00 Interference 11:341 11:3413:03
2nd2:00 High-Sticking 16:061 16:0618:06
3rd2:00 Hooking 10:101 10:1010:47
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Daws, Nico
G30  Hofer, Joel
  Bahl, Kevin
  Addison, Calen
  Byram, Bowen
  Bernard-Docker, Jacob
  Drysdale, Jamie
  Foudy, Liam
  Veleno, Joe
 10  Lavoie, Raphael
 11  Lafreniere, Alexis
 14  McIsaac, Jared
 16  Thomas, Akil
 17  McMichael, Connor
 18  Dellandrea, Ty
 19  Byfield, Quinton
 20  Mercer, Dawson
 22  Cozens, Dylan
 24  Smith, Ty
 25  Dudas, Aidan
 27  Hayton, Barrett
 29  Foote, Nolan
CANADA PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st27 2:00 Tripping 2:221 2:223:10
1st14 2:00 Hooking 17:191 17:1918:32
2nd2:00 Roughing 19:441 19:441:44
3rd19 2:00 High-Sticking 13:001 13:0015:00
3rd18 2:00 Interference 16:151 16:1516:42
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
UNITED STATES Goals UNITED STATES PLAYERS (plus) CANADA PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st3:10 PP 22-6-23            
1st18:32 PP 28-9-15            
3rd12:45  16-18-22            
3rd16:42 PP 22-16-23            
                
                
CANADA Goals CANADA PLAYERS (plus) UNITED STATES PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
2nd3:31  17-16-10            
2nd6:34 PP 27-11            
2nd13:03 PP 29-24-22            
3rd10:47 PP 27-11-9            
3rd16:49  11            
3rd18:50 EN 18-11            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
UNITED STATES 3 / 5
CANADA 3 / 5
PENALTY SUMMARY
UNITED STATES 10 min / 5 inf
CANADA 10 min / 5 inf
POINT SUMMARY
UNITED STATES 4 G + 8 A = 12 Pts
CANADA 6 G + 8 A = 14 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
UNITED STATES2024
CANADA0336
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
USA - Knight (58:14) (L)813021/0:003rd/18:14
USA - Knight (1:10) (L)0055/18:503rd/20:00
CAN - Daws (60:00) (W)881228/0:003rd/20:00
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This report has been checked and verified against the Official IIHF World Junior Championship Game Report.