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Canada finishes second in Group B after loss to U.S. at World Junior Championship

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Team Canada dropped its first outing of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, falling 3-1 to the United States on New Year’s Eve at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The loss ensured the Americans of first place in Group B, while Canada takes the second seed.

Colin White opened the scoring for the U.S., notching a power-play goal 4:31 into the first period of play. It only got worse from there as Canadian defenceman Philippe Myers was flagged for kneeing 33 seconds later, sending the U.S. back to the man advantage.

One minute of power-play time was all that was required as Jordan Greenway doubled the advantage for the Americans, making it 2-0 only 6:04 into play.

Canada cut into the lead midway through the second period as Thomas Chabot struck on the power play to give make it a 2-1. But the Americans were quick to response as Jeremy Bracco tallied at even strength less than five minutes later to restore the two-goal edge for the U.S.

A scoreless third period followed as the United States locked in a 4-0-0 finish in preliminary action, while Canada suffered its first loss of the tournament to finish 3-1-0.

Connor Ingram earned his second start of the tournament for Canada, making 17 saves. Canada outshot the U.S. by a margin of 26-20, as Joseph Wall collected the win in the American cage.

Next for Canada will be quarter-finals action in Montreal on Jan. 2.

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