2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

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2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #18
Final
December 31, 2014 4:00 pm EST
Bell Centre
Montreal, Que.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
2
3
0
2
3
5

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
13
8
7
28
17
12
14
43

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 3
4
1 / 2
6

Game Story

CANADA BEATS U.S. IN NEW YEAR’S EVE THRILLER TO CLINCH FIRST IN GROUP

DAVID BRIEN

MONTREAL, Que. – Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C./Kootenay, WHL) scored a goal and added two assists to take over the tournament scoring lead, and Canada’s National Junior Team beat the United States 5-3 on Wednesday afternoon to finish atop Group A at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Canadians will face Denmark in Friday’s last quarter-final (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont.

Max Domi (Toronto, Ont./London, OHL) found the back of the net twice, while Curtis Lazar (Vernon, B.C./Ottawa, NHL) and Josh Morrissey (Calgary, Alta./Kelowna, WHL) contributed a goal apiece.

Canadian goaltender Eric Comrie (Edmonton, Alta./Tri-City, WHL) made 25 saves to record the win, outdueling his American counterpart, Thatcher Demko, who took the loss despite 38 saves.

The Canadians outshot the U.S. 43-28 overall.

After the North Americans rivals combined for 30 shots in a busy, but scoreless, first period (Canada held a 17-13 advantage), Domi opened the scoring at 7:07 of the second when Reinhart picked up a Domi rebound and fed it back to the Phoenix Coyotes prospect.

Just over three minutes later, Nic Petan (Delta, B.C./Portland, WHL) found Morrissey for a one-timer that beat Demko beneath the glove on a Canadian power play, pushing the lead to 2-0.

But the Americans got one back on a power play of their own, off the stick of Anthony DeAngelo, to make it a 2-1 game in favour of Team Canada after 40 minutes.

Lazar gave Canada some insurance midway through the third, crashing the net and knocking in the rebound of a Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Erie, OHL) shot, but Dylan Larkin scored with less than three minutes to go to cut the lead to one again.

Reinhart intercepted a pass from DeAngelo and found the empty net with 54 seconds left for a 4-2 lead, but Larkin answered 12 seconds later with his second of the period, setting up a wild finish.

The U.S. buzzed around the Canadian net with Demko on the bench for an extra attacker, but Reinhart picked off a pass and sprung Domi, who slid the clinching goal, his second of the game, into the empty net.

Neither team had many chances on the power play, but both converted with the man advantage; Canada had a goal in two chances, while the Americans finished one-for-three.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Nick Ritchie
(auto) Charging minor (2:00)
18:59
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Max Domi

Assists: Sam Reinhart
07:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Dylan Larkin
(auto) High-Sticking minor (2:00)
09:08
GOAL
Goal: Josh Morrissey (power play)

Assists: Robby Fabbri, Nic Petan
10:11
PENALTY
Penalty: Anthony Duclair
Tripping minor (2:00)
12:23
GOAL
Goal: Anthony DeAngelo (power play)

Assists: Jack Eichel, Sonny Milano
13:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Darnell Nurse
Roughing minor (2:00)
16:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Miles Wood
Slashing minor (2:00)
20:00
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Curtis Lazar

Assists: Connor McDavid
10:01
GOAL
Goal: Dylan Larkin

Assists: Hudson Fasching, Sonny Milano
17:26
GOAL
Goal: Sam Reinhart

19:06
GOAL
Goal: Dylan Larkin

19:18
GOAL
Goal: Max Domi

Assists: Sam Reinhart
19:56

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Thatcher Demko USA 57 41 38 3 0.927
Eric Comrie CAN 60 28 25 3 0.893

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

2 - 3 L vs. RussiaRUS
Jan 2, 2015
5 - 4 W vs. RussiaRUS
Jan 5, 2015
3 - 5 L @ CanadaCAN
Dec 31, 2014
5 - 1 W vs. SlovakiaSVK
Jan 4, 2015
3 - 0 W vs. SlovakiaSVK
Dec 29, 2014
8 - 0 W vs. DenmarkDEN
Jan 2, 2015
Videos
Photos
TELUS: REG 6 – STR 3 (Bronze Medal)
Miller and Woods had three points apiece to lead the Pat Canadians over the Bisons for bronze.
TELUS: TOR - CHA (Gold Medal)
Bonsteel scored twice and Ewing made 35 saves, leading the Young Nationals to their first TELUS Cup title.
TELUS: TOR 3 – REG 1 (Semifinal)
Regan got the winner seven minutes into the third period to send the Young Nationals to the final.
TELUS: CHA 7 – STR 1 (Semifinal)
The Grenadiers scored the game’s final seven goals to beat the Bisons and return to the gold medal game.
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