Unbeaten Americans defeat Canada under-18 championship

Canada hit another road bump at the world under-18 hockey championship, losing 5-3 to the powerhouse Americans on Tuesday.

USA 5 Canda 3

BRNO, Czech Republic — Canada hit another road bump at the world under-18 hockey championship, losing 5-3 to the powerhouse Americans on Tuesday.

Frankie Vatrano’s goal 6:39 into the third period stood up as the winner in a tightly contested game.

Matt Grzelcyk, Riley Barber, Seth Jones and Matt Lane also scored for the U.S. (4-0), the three-time defending champions who surrendered their first goals of the tournament.

Hunter Shinkaruk, Matt Dumba and Ryan Pulock scored for Canada (2-2).

Matt Murray finished with 35 saves, including a first-period penalty shot from Lane.

The Americans finished on top of Group A and earned a bye directly into the semifinals. Canada will face Russia in the quarter-finals on Thursday.