Phil Sauve, son of Bob Sauve, the former Buffalo Sabres goaltender, made 28 saves for the United States Friday as the Americans came from behind for a 1-1 tie with Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Superb goaltending by Sauve, who plays junior hockey for Drummondville of the Quebec League but lists Buffalo as his home, and strong defense gave the U.S. (1-1-2) the tie with the favored Canadians (2-0-2).
Making his first appearance of the tournament, Sauve was tested early. He stopped several point-blank shots in the first period.
Canada finally put a shot past Sauve on the power play at 3:00 of the second stanza when Eric Chouinard scored on a slap shot from the left faceoff circle. The U.S. was outshot, 12-4, in the second period.
Jeff Taffe of Minnesota scored with seven minutes remaining on assists by Brett Nowak of Harvard and Ron Hainsey of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell to give the U.S. the tie. No overtime is played in the first round.
With the tie, the U.S. finished third in Pool A and advanced to the quarterfinals against host Sweden (3-1-0) this morning.
The tie gave Canada second place in the group and it will face Switzerland in today's quarterfinals.
Twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin came back strongly as Sweden beat Kazakstan, 13-1, to advance to the quarterfinals.
Daniel Sedin, who is heading for the Vancouver Canucks with his brother, Henrik, next fall, had four goals and one assist. Henrik Sedin had four assists.
With the victory, the Swedes finished as runner-up in Pool B behind defending champion Russia. In a preliminary round game, the Russians outclassed the Swedes, 5-1, with the Sedin twins no factor.
In other Pool B action, Russia easily defeated Switzerland, 7-1. Russia will play Finland in today's quarterfinals, while the Czech Republic takes on Kazakstan.
In Pool A, the Czech Republic ousted Finland, 4-2, to win the group after two goals by Jaroslav Kristek.
U.S. Women rout Sweden
LAKE PLACID -- Erin Magee scored three goals and Meaghan Sittler of East Amherst chipped in with an assist as the U.S. defeated Sweden, 9-1, to finish preliminary play with a 4-0-0 record in the Christmas Tournament. The U.S. will meet the winner of today's Russia-Sweden match in the championship game Sunday afternoon.