The United States got the best of Team Ontario Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge coming back to win 6-5 in a shootout in Victoriaville, Quebec.
Ontario carried a 4-2 lead into the third period but could not hold on, losing their first preliminary game at this event since 2010.
Captain Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts opened the scoring for Ontario with the only goal of the first period.
With the score tied at one, Ontario scored three straight with goals by Josh Ho-Sang (Windsor Spitfires), Daniel De Sousa (Belleville Bulls), and Connor McDavid (Erie Otters).
The Americans tied the game 4-4 midway through the third period before Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs) put Ontario ahead just 22 seconds after the equalizer.
Sonny Milano of the United States tied the game minutes later, and scored the Americans’ only shootout goal to clinch the win.
McDavid was named Best Player scoring once and adding two assists.
Ekblad and Bennett also finished the contest with two points.
Brent Moran (Niagara IceDogs) made 28 saves despite the loss.
Ontario will face Slovakia Sunday night in Pool B preliminary action.