USA rallies to top Canada at World Juniors outdoor game

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Behind three assists from Sabres prospect Casey Mittelstadt, the United States rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Canada in a shootout 4-3 at the first World Junior Championship Outdoor Game at New Era Field.

With the victory, the Americans bounce-back following a disappointing 3-2 loss to Slovakia on Thursday and improve to 1-1-0-1 at the tournament.  The Canadians are 2-0-1-0.

Mittelstadt was named the Player of the Game for the Americans.  He now leads the tournament with six points (3G, 3A)

The United States also beat Canada in a shootout for Gold earlier in the year.

Trailing 2-0 in the second period, Mittelstadt helped get the US on the board by threading a pass cross ice to Keifer Bellows, who ripped a shot top shelf to pull the home country to within 2-1.

However, Canada answered back 90 seconds later with a goal from Boris Katchouk to make it a 3-1 game.

Mittelstadt added helpers on the next two tallies for the Americans, feeding Scott Perunovich and then Brady Tkachuk for the equalizer in the third.

After a scoreless overtime period, Bellows and Tkachuk each found the back of the net while Jake Oettinger turned away all four of the Canadians attempts. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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