U.S. wins, 5-2, forces 3rd game in World Cup


MONTREAL -- John LeClair of the Philadelphia Flyers scored BTC twice and Mike Richter of the New York Rangers made 35 saves to help the United States force a decisive third game in the World Cup finals with a 5-2 victory over Canada last night at Molson Centre.

Empty-net goals by Keith Tkachuk of the Phoenix Coyotes and Scott Young of the Colorado Avalanche in the final 68 seconds sealed the victory for the U.S. team.

Game 3 will be played tomorrow at Molson Centre.

LeClair, who leads the tournament with six goals, scored 80 seconds into the second period to put the United States ahead to stay. He deflected Bryan Smolinski's shot from the top of the slot past goaltender Curtis Joseph to break a 1-1 tie. Brett Hull beat Joseph, his former St. Louis Blues teammate, on a breakaway at 15: 24 of the second period to stretch the lead to 3-1.

Canada dominated the third period, firing 18 shots at Richter. But he weathered the storm and got lucky when the Canadians twice hit goal posts.

Canada rallied within 3-2 when Joe Sakic of the Avalanche tipped Eric Lindros' wrister from the top of the left faceoff circle for a power-play goal with 5: 12 remaining.

Pub Date: 9/13/96

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