After suffering a surprising loss to the Czech Republic in the second game of the preliminary round, Canada circled the wagons and gutted out a pair of wins, over Slovakia and the USA, to take the top seed in Group A at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
The deciding win of Canada's opening round came against Team USA in the final game, a tight, 3-2 regulation win. Two goals in the third period, one by Connor McDavid and the winner by Curtis Lazar, provided the win for the Canadians.
Lazar, a forward for the Edmonton Oil Kings and an Ottawa Senators prospect, has had a productive tournament so far for Canada. In the four preliminary round games, the Vernon, BC native has scored two goals and added three assists for five points, with one goal being the game-winner vs. the USA, and both goals coming on the power-play.
Another member of the Oil Kings, defenseman Griffin Reinhart, returned to action against the USA after completing a suspension that carried over from the 2013 WJC tournament. While he didn't put his name on the scoresheet, the New York Islanders prospect did provide the smart blueline presence that has been his stock in trade with the Oil Kings this season.
Both Lazar and Reinharrt met with the media following Canada's win over the USA, with portions of those comments being presented in this Hockey's Future video.
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