On the strength of some big saves by Zach Fucale and timely goals by Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar, Team Canada closed out the preliminary round of the World Junior Hockey Championships with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the United States in Malmo, Sweden on Tuesday.
Nic Petan put Canada on the board with 7:41 remaining in the second period to erase a 1-0 lead for the previously unbeaten United States, while McDavid and Lazar scored third period goals to help the Canadians finish in first place in Group A with a record of 3-0-1.
Less than four minutes into the third period, McDavid banged home a Bo Horvat rebound to give the Canadians the lead, while Lazar made it a two-goal game just 2:09 later.
Canada will play Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 8:00am PST. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Czech Replubic/Finland game in the semifinals.Bo Notes- Horvat picked up an assist in the game, which gives him three points (1-2-3) in four games thus far.
- The Rodney, Ontario native started the game on an all-OHL line with Scott Laughton and Connor McDavid. - Horvat took a hooking penalty 6:54 into the game, but then drew a high-sticking penalty early in the second period. - Horvat officially finished with one shot on goal, although a clear shot midway through the first period wasn’t counted. So we will go with two.
- The London Knights star went 7-for-10 (70%) in the faceoff circle, which led all Canadian skaters. He now sits at 33-for-51 (65%) through four games in the tournament
.- Horvat finished even in the plus/minus department as he was on for a goal for and a goal against. - Prior to the game, TSN aired an emotional feature on Horvat and why he chose to wear number 53