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Canada beats U.S. at World Juniors, claims top spot in group

Finland v Canada - 2013 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp

LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 07: Anthony Mantha #8 of Team Canada skates against Team Finland during the 2013 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp at the Lake Placid Olympic Center on August 7, 2013 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Anthony Mantha

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Ottawa draftee Curtis Lazar scored the game-winner as Canada defeated the U.S. 3-2 in World Junior action on Tuesday, clinching top spot in Group A in the process.

Lazar, taken 17th overall at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, converted a Jonathan Drouin pass in the third period to give the Canadians a 3-1 lead, which was cut to one when Devils forward Stefan Matteau scored late in regulation.

Canada also got goals from Conor McDavid and Nic Petan -- who had two goals in Canada’s 5-3 win over Slovakia on Monday -- while Riley Barber scored the other American tally.

With the win, the Canadians will now face the fourth-place team from Group B in the tournament quarterfinals. The Americans, who finished second in Group A, will take on the third-place team in Group B.