ORCHARD PARK Cheap Jessie Bates III Jersey , N.Y. (AP) Out of the way, Canada. Brady Tkachuk and the Americans are just fine when it comes to handling snow and ice.
Tkachuk and Kieffer Bellows found plenty enough traction on a snow-covered rink to score shootout goals and cap the United States’ 4-3 victory over Canada on Friday in international hockey’s first outdoor game at a junior world championships.
Much like they did the similar two times against Canada at the world junior hockey championship, the defending gold-medal-winning Americans overcame a two-goal deficit by scoring twice in a span of 34 seconds in the third period.
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”It just made it better with the snow coming down and the fans’ excitement. You could definitely feel it,” Tkachuk said of a game played with snow persistently falling from the opening faceoff. ”We knew we were taking it to them in the second and third period and Coach was saying, if one goes in, two go in.”
A snowball effect, perhaps. And it happened in front of a world junior tournament record crowd of 44,592 – some going shirtless in celebrating the bitter elements – at the NFL Buffalo Bills’ home, New Era Field.
The Americans (1-1-1) showed resolve in not only beating their cross-border rivals Cheap Logan Woodside Jersey , but overcoming the disappointment of a 3-2 loss to Slovakia on Thursday.
”That talks a lot about our group and the locker room and how close we are as a family,” Bellows said. ”There was never a doubt in the whole entire locker room or on the bench at any point.”