A day after a shocking, crushing defeat to Finland in the semifinals, Team USA rebounded with an impressive six-goal outburst in the first period to blow out Canada 10-3 to take bronze at the IIHF World U18 Championships.
Canada started back-up goalie Stuart Skinner after leaning on starter Evan Fitzpatrick in their previous two medal round games, and Skinner struggled. The US got on the board early with a power play by Joey Anderson that snuck through Skinner on the short side. Logan Brown followed that up by capping off an end-to-end rush with a goal as he skated around the Canada net. After a goal by Canada's William Bitten, Clayton Keller made a terrific no-look pass to Kieffer Bellows on the backdoor to make it 3-1 just 7:32 into the game.
That third goal ended the day for Skinner, but it was too late, as the rout was on. The US would add three more goals in the first period and another early in the second, and cruised comfortably to a 10-3 final score, with all but four US skaters scoring at least one point.
The US has now medaled in this event every year since 2004. Clayton Keller, Adam Fox, and Joey Anderson were named the United States' top three players of the tournament.