Tyler McGregor broke a long-standing tie with a goal with 5:33 left in the third period to give Canada a 2-1 triumph over Team USA Wednesday on the second night of round-robin play in the 2016 Ice Sledge Hockey Pan Pacific Championships at HarborCenter.
The border rivals waged a spirited and tense struggle before McGregor’s even-strength tally ended a scoring drought which had lasted nearly 26 minutes.
Each side scored a power-play goal in the first period. Declan Farmer tallied for the Americans with assists from Joshua Pauls and Kevin McKee at 6:05. Greg Westlake evened it at 13:33. Billy Bridges assisted.
There was no scoring, but plenty of action until McGregor’s winner. There were six penalties in the second period including three roughing minors and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Early in the third, Team USA goalie Steve Cash had to stop a penalty shot awarded to the Canadians.
Team USA failed on three power-play opportunities after that and was 1-6 overall while Canada was 1 for 2 with the man advantage.
In the first game, Seung-Hwan Jung scored twice, including the game winner in the second period in Korea’s 4-1 win over Pan Pacific. Young-Jay Cho and Byeong-Seok Cho had other goals for Korea. Mathieu Trudeau of Pan Pacific opened the scoring in the first period.
The teams will be off Thursday and complete round-robin play on Friday when Canada faces Pan Pacific at 3 p.m. and Team USA meets Korea at 7.