Kailer Yamamoto with goal, assist helps Team USA beat Team Canada at WJSS

Spokane Chiefs forward and Edmonton Oilers first-round draft pick Kailer Yamamoto scored a goal and had an assist in Team USA’s 7-5 win over Team Canada in the finale of the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan, on Saturday.

Yamamoto’s goal came at 12:23 of the second period and put the U.S squad up 4-2. He took a breakaway feed from Adam Fox, deked a defender, and put a backhand past Canadian goalie Carter Hart. Yamamoto had the secondary assist on Fox’ first-period goal which tied it at 2-2.

Yamamoto played in five games during the tournament and tallied three goals and three assists on nine shots on goal. His team won all five games.

The U.S. built a 6-3 lead on Ryan Poehling’s power play goal early in the third period. Canada scored twice midway through the frame to get within one, but Joey Anderson dumped in an empty-net goal with 47 seconds left in the contest.

Anderson scored three goals with an assist, while Fox had a goal with four helpers.

The World Junior Summer Showcase is part of the process to select the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which takes place each December.

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