Team USA starts hot, ends cold in semifinal loss to Canada in World Juniors
The Americans score two goals early in the first period but that isn't be enough to topple rival Canada. Team USA is now slated to play in the bronze-medal game against Sweden.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Team USA had an electric start against rival Canada in the 2023 IIHF World Junior semifinals, but luck for the Americans would run dry after the first 15 minutes of the match.
Canada's Connor Bedard scored at the end of the first frame to cut into a 2-0 lead then the Canadians would score five more unanswered goals throughout the next two periods to win Wednesday's semifinal matchup 6-2.
University of North Dakota standout Jackson Blake did score a goal for the U.S. in the middle period, but it ended up being called back after review for goaltender interference. A second goal was disallowed later on in the game, this time to Rutger McGroarty , also due to goaltender interference.
Joshua Roy led Team Canada with two goals and two assists.
Team USA will now play in the bronze medal match against Sweden. Canada will play Czechia for gold. Both games are Thursday in Halifax.
The Americans placed fifth at the last World Junior tournament in 2022. The team currently owns five gold medals, two silver and six bronze titles.