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USA Blows Lead vs. Canada

Team USA lost its second game in two days Tuesday, in a penalty shootout with Canada for third place at the World Hockey Junior Championships.

The Americans, who were beaten 4-1 by the Czech Republic in the semifinals Monday, led the Canadians 2-0 early in the second period.

Willie Levesque of Northeastern gave the Americans the lead at 10:03 of the first period. Daniel Cavanaugh, assisted by defensemen Jeff Taffe and Brooks Orpik, made it 2-0 at 4:28 of the second.

The Canadians then scored three straight goals, by Mett Pettinger, Chris Nielsen and Dana Heatly.

The Americans tied it 3-3 with less than three minutes remaining when defenseman Jordan Leopold of Minnesota scored with 2:54 left.

Brandon Reid then decided the outcome in a penalty shootout following a scoreless overtime period.

In the game for seventh place, Finland beat Kazakstan 9-1.

Slovakia beat Ukraine 5-1 in the relegation second leg to even their matches 1-1. Ukraine beat Slovakia 3-1 in the relegation first leg.

After a scoreless overtime, Miroslav Zalesak kept the Slovaks in Group A in a penalty shootout. Ukraine was relegated to Group B.

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