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World Juniors: Lazar nets winner for Canada in win over U.S.
Vernon’s Curtis Lazar supplied the winner as Canada edged the U.S. 3-2 Tuesday to win Group A at the 38th IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmö, Sweden.
Lazar put Canada up 3-1 at 6:13 of the third period on a powerplay. Jonathan Drouin, who drilled a shot off the post in the second period, and defenceman Derrick Pouliot drew assists.
Connor McDavid broke open a 1-1 deadlock two minutes earlier at even strength. Bo Horvat and Josh Morrisey earned helpers.
Riley Barber of the Americans and Nic Petan of the Canadians swapped first-period snipes.
Stefan Matteau pulled the U.S. within a goal with 2:45 remaining.
The game marked the return of Griffin Reinhart from a four-game suspension incurred against the Americans in the semifinals of last year’s world juniors in Ufa, Russia. The New York Islander first-round pick played a solid game paired mostly with Matt Dumba.
Canada will play Switzerland in quarterfinal action Thursday (7:30 a.m. PT).
Please see Friday’s Morning Star for further Team Canada coverage.