Canada has won its pool at the World Junior Hockey Championships, but the Americans didn't make it easy on them.
Max Domi scored twice, including one of two empty-net goals, as Canada hung on for a 5-3 victory over the United States on Wednesday.
The win put Canada (4-0-0) into what should be an easy quarter-final against Denmark in Toronto on Friday, while the Americans (2-1-1) will stay in Montreal for a tough quarter-final against Russia.
"They made it quite interesting." Canadian captain Curtis Lazar said. "I was freaking out a bit at the end, but we found a way to win."
Canada wore down the Americans with high-tempo hockey from its top three lines and a strong checking game from the fourth unit. They had a 43-28 shot advantage, including a long stretch of the second period when it was one-way hockey.
But the U.S. didn’t go down without a fight, as Dylan Larkin scored twice in the third frame to draw his team within a goal, only to see Canada put it away with empty-netters by Domi and Sam Reinhart.