(HERNING, DENMARK) – Canada dropped the opening game of the 2018 IIHF World Championship after forcing overtime midway through the 3rd period. The United States managed to edge Canada 5-4 in a shootout when the extra time didn’t settle matters.
Canada opened the scoring today when Pierre-Luc Dubois buried the puck just 47 seconds into the affair. Ryan O’Reilly, the pride of Varna, Ontario, made it 2-0 a little past the 12 minute mark, but Andres Lee put the Americans on the board before the end of the first 20 minutes.
Michigander Dylan Larkin tied the game very early on in the 2nd period and the US then went ahead when Johnny Gaudreau beat Darcy Kuemper at 10:00. New York Islanders property Anthony Beauvillier kept Canada on pace with the national team’s 3rd tally.
Larkin put the US ahead again in the 3rd frame, but Colton Parayko’s notch with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation was enough to force the extra 5-minute period. Overtime produced no results despite the teams trading minor penalties.
Cam Atkinson scored twice during the shootout with only Saskatchewan’s Jordan Eberle managing to reply for Canada.
Kuemper faced just 25 shots in goal for Team Canada while the Canadians peppered Keith Kinkaid in the US net with 40 shots.
Canada takes on the newly promoted South Korea in the second of seven preliminary games on Sunday. Game time in the eastern time zone is 6:15am.