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WJC: Gillies and USA edged by Canada

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies and the USA fell 3-2 to Canada on Tuesday at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

The Flames 2012 third round pick made 21 saves on 24 shots.

Gillies was relatively untested for the most part in the opening frame. The USA dominated the play for a good chunk of the frame before Canada came on in the last few minutes, putting four quick shots on net.

Riley Barber, the American captain, opened the scoring at 3:29 of the second period. Nic Petan scored the equalizer for Canada at 12:19 when he was able to capitalize on a turnover, throwing a shot just over Gillies stick. The momentum shifted in Canada's favour in the second half of the frame as they were able to set up shop in the Americans zone and they ended up putting 13 shots on Gillies.

Canada took the lead in the first period when 2015 draft-eligible forward Connor McDavid was able to bat in a loose puck from close range. Gillies was frozen on the play as American forward Nicolas Kerdiles had backed into him and fallen. The go-ahead goal came on the power play.

Curtis Lazar scored another power play goal at 6:13 to make it a 3-1 game for Canada, which would end up being the game-winner. Stefan Matteau was able to pull the Americans within a goal at 17:15 but the Canadians pulled away with the victory.

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