Canada has suffered its first loss at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship.
The Canadian team led the game 3-1 after two periods, but a pair of quick goals in the 3rd tied it for the Americans who then won the game in a shootout by a score of 4-3 in front of just under 45000 fans who enjoyed themselves tremendously despite the cold conditions that got to minus 15 degrees Celsius.
While conditions were favourable leading up to the game, it started to snow just as the puck dropped with the zamboni unable to flood the ice in the second intermission resulting in a dry scrape occurring and both sides at time having to swat the puck through snow drifts giving every play the potential to be dangerous.
Sam Steel had an assist in the game giving the Regina Pats forward four points in Canada’s three games so far.
Canada is 2-0-1 heading into its final round-robin game against Denmark on Saturday. A win in that game would clinch first in their pool. The Americans are now 1-1-1 and should be able to avoid the relegation round with the result.
Saturday’s game versus Denmark can be seen on TSN starting at 7.