By The Canadian Press on December 23, 2023.
KUNGSBACKA, Sweden – Lane Hutson scored the overtime winner as the United States defeated Canada 6-5 in a world junior hockey championship tune-up game Saturday.
Hutson skated up the ice during the 3-on-3 extra period and lost the puck to Canada forward Owen Beck before stealing it right back and scoring to ice the game at 3:21.
Ryan Leonard scored twice, while Quinn Finley, Sam Rinzel and Oliver Moore also scored for the United States. Hutson had an assist to go with his game-winner and Isaac Howard pitched in with two helpers.
Macklin Celebrini and Owen Allard had a goal and an assist each for Canada. Conor Geekie, Matthew Savoie and Jordan Dumais also scored.
Jacob Fowler stopped 14 of 16 shots for Canada, while Trey Augustine turned away 24 of 27 in the American net. Mathis Rousseau later made 12 saves on 15 shots and Samuel St-Hilaire stopped 10 of 13 for Canada.
Defending champion Canada opens the tournament Tuesday against Finland in Gothenburg, Sweden.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 23, 2023.