Miami defenseman Louie Belpedio broke a third-period tie Saturday in Helsinki, and the United States beat Canada 4-2 in the World Junior Championship opener for both teams.
2016 World Junior Championship
Dec. 26, 2015-Jan. 5, 2016, Helsinki
United States schedule (all times Eastern and all games on NHL Network):
Saturday, Dec. 26: U.S. 4, Canada 2
Monday, Dec. 28: Sweden 1, U.S. 0
Wednesday, Dec. 30: U.S. 10, Switzerland 1
Thursday, Dec. 31: U.S. 4, Denmark 1
Saturday, Jan. 2: Quarterfinals: U.S. 7, Czech Republic 0
Monday, Jan. 4: Semifinals: Russia 2, U.S. 1
Tuesday, Jan. 5: Bronze-medal game: U.S. 8, Sweden 3
Belpedio got some help on his goal with 3:18 left — his shot from the top of the zone was redirected by Canada’s Joe Hicketts past goaltender Mason McDonald.
Auston Matthews scored 41 seconds later to double the U.S. advantage.
Boston College’s Colin White and Michigan’s Zach Werenski scored in the second and third periods, respectively, to give the Americans a 2-1 lead.
Matt Barzal and Dylan Strome scored for Canada. Boston University’s Brandon Hickey was minus-1 for the Canadians.
Alex Nedeljkovic made 25 saves for the U.S.
Here’s the video of Belpedio’s goal:
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 26, 2015
In another Pool A game Saturday, Boston University’s Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored in Sweden’s 8-3 win over Switzerland. Massachusetts’ William Lagesson had an assist on that goal, which gave Sweden a 6-2 lead in the second period.