It was another epic battle between Canada and the U.S.A at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In the semi-final early Tuesday morning, the Americans narrowly edged Canada 2-1 and advanced to the gold medal game against Russia.
Canada will play Finland at 4 a.m., Wednesday for Bronze.
With Canada trailing 2-0 in the third period against the U.S., Red Deer’s native Nate Danielson scored his first goal of the tournament to get Canada within one.
“It was a bit of a scramble in front of the net. I could see a shot from the point and managed to get the puck and found the back of the net,” the Red Deer Minor Hockey product said to Hockey Canada postgame.
“It just showed how we managed to come together, and I’m taking that into the next game to try and get a medal.”
Game over. @NateDanielson gets one in the 3rd, but 🇨🇦 falls a goal short in a 2-1 semifinal loss to 🇺🇸.
— Team Canada Men (@HC_Men) January 21, 2020
After a scoreless first period, the Americans scored twice in the second period, including on a penalty shot by Frank Nazar three minutes into the frame. Just 2:14 later, Isaac Howard opened up a 2-0 U.S. lead.
Canada pushed back hard in the third, outshooting the Americans 10-4 in the frame, but only beating the U.S. netminder on Danielson’s backhand attempt, 3:42 into the period.
“Not the result we wanted, but our group played as a team and we were relentless in our pursuit,” said Canadian head coach Gordie Dwyer.
“I am very proud of our young team and the progress we’ve made in a very short time. Our focus will be on making sure we continue to do the right things, the things we’ve worked on through our time together and focusing on our game plan.”