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World Junior Championship: Perunovich scores as US rallies, beats Canada outdoors in shootout

In a game often played amid a storybook scene, the United States got a storybook finish.

The U.S., reeling from a loss to Slovakia the night before, rallied to beat Canada 4-3 in a shootout in the first outdoor game in the history of hockey's World Junior Championship.

The game was played before 44,592 at New Era Field, which is a World Juniors record. A steady snowfall throughout the contest made it a picture-perfect outdoor game, with teams battling in a something of a snow globe at the home of the Buffalo Bills.

The U.S. won the shootout 2-0 as no Canadian skater could beat goalie Jake Oettinger.

In regulation, The United States fell into a pair of two-goal holes before forging a 3-3 tie thanks to a goal by Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich of Hibbing.

The Americans play Finland at 3 p.m. Sunday at KeyBank Center.