A deadlocked opening game between continental rivals broke the way of Team USA late in the third period of their 4-2 win over Team Canada on Day 1 of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland.
With less than four minutes remaining in the third, USA defenseman Louis Belpedio (MIN) launched a shot from the point that beat Canadian goaltender Mason McDonald (CGY) to make the score 3-2. Belpedio’s marker proved to be the game-winner, with USA forward Auston Matthews (2016) adding the insurance goal less than a minute later.
Four USA players notched two points in the win, including Zach Werenski (1G, 1A), Matthews (1G, 1A), Colin White (1G, 1A), and Matthew Tkachuk (2A). Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic picked up the win after stopping 25 of 27 shots.
White’s goal opened the scoring for the USA in this contest, while his assist came on the game-winning goal. He spoke with the media after the win, with some of his comments being captured in this Hockey’s Future video.
Highlights from the USA-Canada game can be viewed below.
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