Goalie Zach Fucale of Canada reached for the puck as Stefan Matteau of the U.S. tried for a tip in the world junior championships.

FRANK GUNN • Associated Press via The Canadian Press,

U.S. loses to Canada in World Juniors

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • December 31, 2013 - 11:08 PM

Canada scored two goals early in the third period to beat the United States 3-2 on Tuesday to win Group A in the world junior hockey tournament.

“It was the first time we’ve been minus on special teams in four games, and that was the difference,” said U.S. coach Don Lucia of the University of Minnesota.

The score was 1-1 going into the third period when Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar scored 2 minutes, 19 seconds apart for Canada. McDavid’s goal came six seconds after a Canada power play had expired, and Lazar’s goal came at 6:13 of the period, a minute into a power play.

“We took some bad penalties, and before you know it the puck is in the back of the net,” said Riley Barber, who scored shorthanded early in the second period to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. “But the real tournament starts now. … We’re not that worried about [this loss].”

The defending champion Americans, 0-for-3 on the power play after going 11-for-19 in their first three games, will play Russia in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Canada will face Switzerland in another quarterfinal the same day.

Nic Petan also scored for Canada (3-0-1), and Zach Fucale made 24 saves.

Stefan Matteau scored the other goal for the United States (3-1-0) with 2:45 left. Hudson Fasching of the Gophers had one of the assists.

Swedes win Group B

Sweden won Group B, beating Russia 3-2 on Jacob de la Rose’s goal with 2:22 to play to finish 4-0-0. De la Rose tipped defenseman Gustav Olofsson’s shot past goalie Andrei Vasilevski. Olofsson, who plays for Colorado College, was a second-round draft pick of the Wild’s in 2013.

In the Group B finale, Switzerland beat Finland 4-3 in a shootout. Claude Paschoud had the lone goal for the Swiss (2-2-0) in the tiebreaker. The Czech Republic beat Slovakia 4-1 in the other Group A game.

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