2019-20 National Junior Team

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2020 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #4
Preliminary
Final
December 26, 2019 1:00 pm EST
Ostravar Arena
Ostrava, CZE

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
F
Teams
1
2
3
F
2
0
2
4
0
3
3
6

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
10
8
14
32
8
16
8
32

Statistics

PP
PIM
3 / 5
10
3 / 5
10

Game Story

CANADA EARNS WILD WIN OVER U.S. IN WJC OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Alexis Lafrenière (Saint-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) scored the game-winning goal and added three assists to lead Canada’s National Junior Team to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the United States in the opening game for both Thursday at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The win ended a four-game losing streak to the U.S., and improved Canada’s all-time record against its North American neighbours to 33-11-3 since the first World Juniors in 1977.

Lafrenière picked up three of his four points in the decisive third period, including the game-winner; just seven seconds after Shane Pinto had completed the American comeback from a two-goal deficit, Lafrenière knocked down a D-to-D pass in the U.S. zone and tucked the puck around goaltender Spencer Knight.

He also set up Canadian captain Barrett Hayton (Peterborough, Ont./Arizona, NHL) for both of his power-play goals and earned a helper on the empty-net goal by Ty Dellandrea (Port Perry, Ont./Flint, OHL).

The game was dominated by special teams – six of the 10 goals came on the man advantage.

The U.S. used its power play to take a 2-0 first-period lead; Pinto tipped in a Zac Jones shot just 3:10 in, and Arthur Kaliyev hammered a one-timer past Canadian netminder Nico Daws (Burlington, Ont./Guelph, OHL) late in the opening frame.

The second period belonged to the Canadians, starting with Akil Thomas (Toronto, Ont./Niagara, OHL) setting up Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./London, OHL) for the 2-1 goal early in the stanza.

Hayton got his first at 6:34 to tie the game, ripping a one-timer past Knight, and Nolan Foote (Kelowna, B.C./Kelowna, WHL) lasered a wrist shot over the short-side shoulder of the American goaltender on another power play less than seven minutes later to give the Canadians their first lead.

The final 10 minutes of the third period were absolutely crazy, with the teams combining for five goals.

Lafrenière dangled his way to the net before slipping a cross-crease feed to Hayton to make it 4-2 midway through the final frame, but the U.S. was far from finished.

Nick Robertson made it a one-goal game at 12:45, letting go a shot from between the hashmarks that beat Daws upstairs, and he went across the crease for Pinto at 16:42 to draw the Americans even.

But the immediate response from Lafrenière put the Canadians ahead for good, and Dellandrea clinched the three points into the empty net with just 69 seconds left.

Shots on goal finished even, 32-32.

Canada gets back to action Saturday when it takes on Russia (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT).

The IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice next year when Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., host the 2021 World Juniors. Fans have until Jan. 5 to sign up for the Priority Draw for their chance to purchase tickets in both cities. Visit HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets for more information.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Barrett Hayton
Tripping (2:00)
02:22
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Shane Pinto

Assists: Zac Jones, Bobby Brink
03:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Jordan Harris
Interference (2:00)
05:54
PENALTY
Penalty: Jared McIsaac
Hooking (2:00)
17:19
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Arthur Kaliyev

Assists: Trevor Zegras, Alex Turcotte
18:32
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Connor McMichael

Assists: Akil Thomas, Raphael Lavoie
03:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Shane Pinto
Holding (2:00)
06:27
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Barrett Hayton

Assists: Alexis Lafreniere
06:34
PENALTY
Penalty: Cam York
Interference (2:00)
11:34
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Nolan Foote

Assists: Ty Smith, Dylan Cozens
13:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Spencer Stastney
High-Sticking (2:00)
16:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Kevin Bahl
Roughing (2:00)
19:44
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Spencer Stastney
Hooking (2:00)
10:10
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Barrett Hayton

Assists: Alexis Lafreniere, Joe Veleno
10:47
GOAL
Goal: Nick Robertson

Assists: Oliver Wahlstrom, Shane Pinto
12:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Quinton Byfield
High-Sticking (2:00)
13:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Ty Dellandrea
Interference (2:00)
16:15
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Shane Pinto

Assists: Nick Robertson, Bobby Brink
16:42
GOAL
Goal: Alexis Lafreniere

16:49
GOAL (EMPTY NET)
Goal: Ty Dellandrea

Assists: Alexis Lafreniere
18:50
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Spencer Knight

18:50

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Spencer Knight USA 59 31 26 5 0.839
Nico Daws CAN 60 32 28 4 0.875

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - PTS 3
Goals 1 - Assists 3 - Points 4
G 1 - A 3 - PTS 4
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - PTS 2
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - PTS 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - PTS 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1

Previous Games

0 - 1 L v FinlandFIN
Jan 2, 2020
4 - 3 W v RussiaRUS
Jan 5, 2020
4 - 3 W v Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 30, 2019
5 - 0 W v FinlandFIN
Jan 4, 2020
3 - 1 W v RussiaRUS
Dec 29, 2019
6 - 1 W v SlovakiaSVK
Jan 2, 2020
Videos
Photos
2019-20 NWT - USA 3 - CAN 1 (Game 4)
Larocque scored, but Canada dropped the final Canadian stop.
2019-20 NWT - CAN 3 – USA 2 OT (Game 3)
Bach was the extra-time hero to get Canada its first victory.
NWT: Meeting and greeting in Victoria
Atom players from the CRFMHA got the chance to visit with Team Canada.
2020 WJC: CAN 4 – RUS 3 (Gold Medal)
Thomas got the GWG with 3:58 left and Canada came back to win gold.
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