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Under-17 Challenge: Canada is covered in gold before the United States

Under-17 Challenge: Canada is covered in gold before the United States

The Canadian Whites won the gold medal in the U-17 Challenge Championship on Saturday night, defeating the United States 2-1 in overtime.

Cameron Schmidt was the hero of this match with the winning goal. Midway through overtime, Schmidt recovered a loose puck in the neutral zone and was able to escape.

Schmidt sent a great feint to goaltender Patrick Quinlan to end the game and allow Canada to win.

The Canadiens set the pace quickly in the first half. Just 1:38 later, Joby Baumuller completed a stunning layup from Ethan Chatta in overtime to allow Canada to open the scoring with the first shot of the game.

The Americans rolled up their sleeves and managed to tie the game 1-1 midway through the third period. On the power play, Charlie Trethewey fired an excellent wrist shot to hit the target and put both teams back at square one.

Canada played with fire at the end of the match. With just over two minutes remaining in the third period, Caleb Desnoyers made a dangerous check along the boards and allowed the Americans to develop a power play.

But the Canadian team was able to resist the United States thanks to several good saves from goalkeeper Jack Ivankovic and some sacrifices from the players, thus forcing overtime.

In addition to Desnoyers, the Canadian band relied on Quebecers Alex Huang, Émile Guité and Mathieu Nobert.

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