LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- An even first period saw the momentum shift to the United States thanks to a pair of power-play goals in the final minute. Riley Barber and Ian McCoshen scored 47 seconds apart to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead against Canada after one period here at Herb Brooks Arena.
Back-to-back slashing penalties to Canada's Curtis Lazar and Michael Matheson gave the U.S. a 5-on-3 advantage, and Barber opening the scoring when he one-timed a diagonal pass to the left side from Will Butcher at 19:00.
With time left on Matheson's penalty, Canada's Bo Horvat was sent off for holding, giving the Americans another two-man advantage. This time the U.S. worked the puck around the outside, and McCoshen finished the play by blasting a one-timer from the right circle past Canada goalie Jake Paterson with 13 seconds to play.
Canada had chances to go ahead early, but the U.S. was able to kill off three Canadian power plays.
The United States will have a chance to build on its lead at the start the second period, with 1:17 left on Horvat's penalty
Back with more after the second period.
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