With 1:43 to play in the frame, U.S. netminder Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) was called upon with a point-blank save from the game scoreless after 15 minutes of play.
An early powerplay in the middle stanza led to the U.S. continuing its control of play. Its best chance came in the first 30 seconds of the man-advantage when a chance by Jack Wallace (Green Brook, N.J.) from the slot wouldn’t go in.
Canada made it 1-0 with 8:24 to play in the frame when Liam Hickey converted on a man-advantage. Cash was able to get a piece of his glove on the initial shot before it fluttered over his outstretched body and into the net.
Just 90 seconds later, captain Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) evened the score, 1-1. The play started with Chris Douglas (St. Cloud, Fla.) making a difficult stop at the blue line to keep the puck in the offensive zone. Pauls picked up the loose puck, curled along the left faceoff dot and cut towards the crease before lifting a hard right-handed shot into the top-right corner.
One minute later, Farmer had a chance to give the U.S. a one-goal lead when he pounced on a broken play at the U.S. blue line and generated a breakaway opportunity that was denied.
With 4:23 to play in the middle period, a far-ranged wrist shot from Rob Armstrong bounced off Cash’s blocker and into goal for a 2-1 Canada lead to enter the second intermission.
The final frame saw the majority of play remain in the neutral zone as both teams pressed for the game’s next game.
With 3:26 to play in regulation, Farmer tallied the equalizing goal when a switch-handed effort to the right of the crease saw a quick-wristed effort trickle through Larocque for a 2-2 tie.
The extra frame opened with a flurry of U.S. chances in the first four minutes of play. Farmer had the first effort, when a left-handed shot from above the circles was blockered away. Moments later, Douglas fired a shot towards the same area that was also denied. Roybal then saw a chance at the top of the crease denied.
At the 5:08 mark of overtime, Farmer took control of the puck at the top of the blue line and dished it down low to an unmarked Roybal who skated towards goal, shifted the puck beneath his sled and slid a left-handed shot into goal for the win.