Bracco scores, Team USA skates to 3-1 win over Team Canada at World Juniors


Jeremy Bracco scored a second period goal to help lead the U.S. National Junior Team past Canada, 3-1, on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in its final preliminary-round game of the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y./Boston University) notched a goal and two assists and Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo./Boston College) made 25 saves in goal.

Jeremy Bracco of the Kitchener Rangers represented U.S.A. in the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championships in Toronto and Montreal. Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images
Aaron Bell/CHL Images

“This was a tough road game to play and I’m proud of every one of these guys for the effort they gave to get the win,” said Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud State University), head coach of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team. “We’ve been happy with our team for a while now, but tonight we overcame adversity and played with a lot of fire. We haven’t won anything yet, though. We’ll enjoy this tonight, but starting tomorrow it’s time to turn our attention to the playoff round.”

With the victory, Team USA (4-0-0-0) finishes atop its preliminary round group for the first time since 2011 and advances to the quarterfinal round on Monday (Jan. 2) against the fourth seed from Group A.

NOTES: Ryan Lindgren was named U.S. Player of the Game. Team USA was outshot by Canada, 26-20, while finishing 2-for-5 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.

For the complete game recap, click here.

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