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USA Falls to Canada, 11-5, in Hlinka Cup Semifinal

08/15/2014, 11:45am MDT

PIESTANY, SLOVAKIA — The U.S. Under-18 Select Team fell to Canada, 11-5, in the semifinal round of the competition at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
“Obviously, things didn't go our way today,” said Derek Plante, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. “Now we have to get refocused and prepared to play in the third-place game tomorrow.”
Less than a minute into the game, Canada jumped out to a 1-0 lead.
At 3:25, Thomas Novak (River Falls, Wis.) knotted the score at one. He used his speed to beat everyone on the outside, cutting in on goal and beating Zachary Sawchenko with a forehand deke.
Canada scored two goals four minutes apart to end the period with a 3-1 lead.
Team USA opened the scoring in the second period on a delayed penalty call—Dennis Yan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) passed to Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn.) camped in front of the net for an easy goal.
Canada cashed in on four-on-four and man-advantage situations, climbing to a 5-2 lead.

The U.S. answered on the power play when Tanner Laczynski (Shorewood, Ill.) one-timed a cross-ice pass from Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) at 11:00.

Beginning at 12:16, Canada tallied five goals in less than 20 minutes of play for a 10-3 lead.
The U.S. netted two goals in the midst of the third period to end Canada’s run. First, Nicholas Swaney (Lakeville, Minn.) setup Karch Bachman (Wolcottville, Ind.) for a one-timer. During a power play at 16:09, Novak notched his tournament-leading 10th point, snapping a laser upstairs from the faceoff dot.
Canada scored in the last minute of play for the 11-5 final.
Team USA will face Sweden in tomorrow’s (Aug. 16) third-place game at 9 a.m. ET.
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USA vs. Canada Box Score

First PeriodScoring: 1, CAN, Strome (Marner, Knott), 0:50; 1, USA, Novak (Spenser, Gabriele), 3:25; 2, CAN, Strome (Marner, Knott), 14:33; 3, CAN, Harkins (Stephens, Brisebois), 17:55. Penalties: CAN, Meloche (hooking), 17:34 (SH).

Second PeriodScoring: 2, USA, Boeser (Yan, Novak), 4:40; 4, CAN, Barzal (Merkley), 8:15; 5, CAN, Strome (Meloche, Hobbs), 9:58 (PP); 3, USA, Laczynski (Terry, Dello), 11:00 (PP); 6, CAN, Konecny (Harkins, Bear), 12:16; 7, CAN, Konecny (Harkins, Barzal), 15:20; 8, CAN, Crouse (unassisted), 19:25. Penalties: CAN, Musil (boarding), 5:00; CAN, Crouse (slashing), 6:35; USA, Dello (holding), 8:08; CAN, Roy (roughing), 10:46.

Third PeriodScoring: 9, CAN, Musil (Hobbs, Stephens), 2:04; 10, CAN, Stephens (Soy, Brisebois), 10:53; 4, USA, Bachman (Swaney), 11:24; 5, USA, Novak (Gabriele, Boeser), 16:09 (PP); 11, CAN, Soy (Roy, Merkley), 19:17. Penalties: USA, Bachman (holding), 11:47; CAN, Brisebois (tripping). 

Shots by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Total
USA 10 7 12 29
CAN 16 17 15 48


Goals by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Total
USA 1 2 2 5
CAN 3 5 3 11


Goaltenders   Time 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Sarthou USA 29:58 13/16 9/11 N/A 22/27
Jurusik USA 30:02 N/A 3/6 12/15 15/21
Sawchenko CAN 60:00 9/10 5/7 10/12 24/29


Special Teams USA CAN
Penalties (Penalties/Minutes) 2/4 5/10
Power Play (Goals/Chances) 2/5 1/2

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Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)
Aug. 9 Slovakia (Exhibition) W, 8-3
Aug. 11 Czech Republic L, 2-4
Aug. 12 Russia W, 7-4
Aug. 13 Finland W, 9-4
Aug. 15 Semifinal vs. Canada L, 5-11
Aug. 16 Third-Place Game vs. Sweden W, 5-4

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