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Tuesday November 4, 2014

The highly anticipated match-up between USA and Canada Red wraps up the preliminary round in Lambton Shores. With both teams holding a perfect 2-0 record, the winner of this game would take top spot in Group B and would be able to take on the lowest seed in Group A in the Quarter-Finals.

Both teams came out with plenty of energy and providing a ton of pressure. After an early scoring chance for Canada in the American zone, Team USA forward Max Jones would utilize his powerful shot to put the puck past Dylan Wells to open the scoring. Despite the early deficit Canada continued to create pressure in the offensive zone and would get a few strong scoring chances but Joseph Woll made some great saves. Clayton Keller would walk into the offensive zone and score a bit of a weak goal which really started a chain reaction for USA as they would strike again soon after that goal when Patrick Khorodenko fed Kailer Yamamoto driving the net to make it 3-0. USA would hold a 3-0 lead late into the period where on the power play Clayton Keller would passed to Max Jones out front for his second goal of the game. USA would lead Canada Red 4-0 after the first period.

Early in the second period after an excellent first two shifts by team Canada, Nick Pastujov brought the puck into the offensive zone and found Clayton Keller with a cross ice pass making it 5-0. USA would take a penalty just moments later giving Canada their first power play of the game. On the power play there would be a scramble in the slot and Adam Mascherin would quickly jump on that rebound and score Canada's first goal of the game. The teams would go back and forth but late in the period, Chad Krys sent a shot from the point that hit Keenan Suthers and deflected in, a shot Wells had no chance of stopping which extended the USA lead to 6-1 at the end of the second period.

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In the third period, Canada once again entered the period building momentum with a few strong shifts which ultimately created a two on one opportunity where OHL West Division rivals forward Tye Felhaber of the Saginaw Spirit set up Plymouth Whalers' forward Will Bitten to give Canada their second goal of the game. A few moments later USA would start to get themselves into penalty trouble taking four consecutive penalties including a full two minute five on three which is all Dante Fabbro needed to score Canada's second goal of the period bridging the gap to three goals. However only seconds after the second penalty expired Clayton Keller would compete the hat trick and secure victory for his country making the score 7-3, which is how this game would end as USA clinches first place in Group B.



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