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U.S beats Ontario for gold medal at World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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TIMMINS, Ont. - The United States scored early in both the second and third periods on Monday to take the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge title with a 2-1 win over Ontario.

Tyler Biggs and Reid Boucher each had a goal and an assist as the Americans went through the tournament without a loss.

"This might be one of the toughest international events to win and the players competed hard throughout," said U.S. coach Ron Rolston. "I think this is the strongest field I've seen in the three years I've coached at this tournament, so it shows the heart and character of our players."

Daniel Catenacci scored with one second left in regulation for Ontario, which was denied a chance to win a third straight U17 title.

The U.S. won its first U17 title since claiming the second of back-to-back gold medals in 2001 and 2002.

It won silver in 2006 and 2008, when Ontario won its first of two straight titles.

The Americans are the third team to win three U17 gold medals. Ontario leads with seven, while Quebec has also won three.

John Gibson made 38 saves for the U.S., while Tyson Teichmann stopped 30 shots for Ontario.

In the bronze-medal match, Sweden beat Russia 5-2.

Joachim Nermark and Johan Porsberger each had a goal and an assist while Pontus Aberg, Jeremy Boyce and Emil Lundberg also scored for Sweden.

Mikhail Grigorenko and Alexander Khokhlachev replied for Russia.

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