Team USA Tops Canada, 7-5, in WJSS Finale
Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.) netted a hat trick and Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.) registered five points as the U.S topped Canada, 7-5, in the final game of the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.
Anderson opened the scoring for the U.S. just 5:33 into the contest. The play started when Fox collected the puck at the blue line and sent a cross-ice pass to Patrick Harper (Jericho, N.Y.) who curled towards the slot and fired a pass that Anderson redirected past Canada’s goaltender Carter Hart.
Jordan Kyrou evened the score at the 12:43 mark by firing a slap shot from the top of the left circle past Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.).
Less than four minutes later, Givani Smith gave Canada a 2-1 advantage when his shot from the blue line deflected off a skate and floated over Woll into the top right corner.
The U.S. were able to respond just 43 seconds later, though, when Fox took a pass from Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and tucked a wrist shot over Hart’s right shoulder to knot the score, 2-2.
Anderson regained the U.S. lead 1:23 into the middle stanza with his second power-play goal of the game by batting home a rebound off an initial shot from Ryan Poehling (Lakeville, Minn.).
At 9:14, Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash.) made it 4-2 by taking a pass from Fox and skating around a Canadian defender before tucking a backhanded effort low blocker side.
Pierre-Luc Dubois cut the U.S. lead to one just 3:31 later by finding a loose puck near the crease and lifting it over Woll’s left pad.
Harper regained a two-goal U.S. lead just 48 seconds into the final frame when he took a pass from Fox, split two Canadian defenders and fired a wrist shot high glove side past Canada’s goaltender Dylan Wells.
Poehling finished a feed from Harper on the power-play 6:42 into the final period before Sam Steel one-timed a shot past Woll just over five minutes later to make it 6-4.
Jonah Gadjovich tallied for Canada less than two minutes later to bring the score to 6-5.
Anderson completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal in the final minute to account for the 7-5 final.
Woll stopped 16 shots to earn the victory for the U.S.