TORONTO - Defenceman Spencer Abraham had the shootout winner as an all-star team from Canadian Interuniversity Sport upset Canada 5-4 on Saturday night in an exhibition game at Canada's world junior selection camp.
Julien Gauthier had a power-play goal and two assists in regulation time for Canada. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Travis Dermott also had a power-play goal, while Mitchell Stephens and Anthony Beauvillier also scored.
Eric Locke scored twice for the CIS all-stars, once on the power play. Olivier Hinse and Alex Saulnier rounded out the offence for the team of university players from across Canada.
Some of the biggest names from Canada's selection camp roster were scratches.
Top NHL draft picks Dylan Strome and Mitch Marner along with linemate Lawson Crouse ? likely Canada's top line at the world junior championships ? did not dress. Defencemen Joe Hicketts and Haydn Fleury were also healthy scratches, while forward Brayden Point sat out as he continues to heal an injured shoulder.
Crouse, Hicketts and Point are the only players returning from last year's gold medal-winning team.
Stephens took a pass from behind the goal line and put the puck in from the slot for a 1-0 Canada lead.
Dermott banged in a pass from Gauthier on the power play with 7:25 to go in the first period to make it 2-0.
Canada's lead was short lived, however, as Hinse and Locke scored minutes apart for the CIS all-stars to make it 2-2.
Saulnier gave the CIS all-stars their first lead of the evening with a diving shot on a partial breakway with 3:40 left in the second.
Gauthier tied it 3-3 for Canada on the power play just over two minutes later.
Travis Sanheim, who had been paired with Dermott most of the game, had to be helped to the bench after a hard check in to the boards early in the third period.
The CIS all-stars again took the lead when Locke scored his second of the game with two seconds remaining in a power play.
Beauvillier knocked in a rebound for Canada with 2:23 left in the third to tie it 4-4.
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