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Nic Petan of the Portland Winterhawks — and Canada — did it again Tuesday.

Petan scored the tying goal, and the Canadians went on to beat the United State 3-2 to claim first place in Group A at the world junior hockey championships in Malmo, Sweden.

The U.S. scored at 3:29 of the second period to take a 1-0 lead.

About nine minutes later, Petan found himself free streaking toward the net on the left side on a change. Anthony Mantha pushed the back over to Petan as the U.S. defense was dragging Mantha down in the slot, and Petan banged it home at 12:19 of the middle frame.

The score gave Petan three consecutive goals for Canada; he scored the team's final two goals Monday in a 5-3 come-from-behind win over Slovakia.

Canada claimed a 2-1 lead on a third-period power play, added another quick goal with the man advantage and held on for the victory.

In Thursday's quarterfinals, Canada will face Switzerland, which faced fourth in Group B.

The U.S. will meet Russia in another quarterfinal game.

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