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SCORESHEET: Nic Petan gets game-winner for Canada

Winterhawks forward scores twice in comeback victory over Slovakia at world junior championships

Nic Petan of the Portland Winterhawks scored the winning goal late in the third period to cap a Canada rally Monday at the world junior hockey championships in Malmo, Sweden.

The Canadians, who trailed 3-1 in the second period, defeated Slovakia 5-3, improving to 2-0-1 in the group stage of the tournament.

Petan's power-play score from the right side went through traffic and gave Canada its first lead with 2:36 remaining.PETAN

The 2012-13 Western Hockey League co-scoring leader added an empty-net goal at 18:40 of the final period for the two-goal final margin.

Slovakia dropped to 1-2-0 with the loss before a crowd of 2,258 at the 5,800-seat Isstadion.

Canda's next game will be an 8 a.m. Tuesday showdown with the United States, with first place in Group A on the line.

  • Also Monday, the Winnipeg Jets announced that they have signed Petan to a three-year entry-level contract.

    The Jets picked Petan in the second round (43rd overall) in the 2013 NHL draft.

    Petan leads the Winterhawks and ranks second among all Western Hockey League players with 66 points in 32 games this season.

    Last season, Petan and teammate Brendan Leipsic were the top scorers across the Canadian Hockey League, each posting 120 points. Petan added 28 points in 21 playoff games to help lead the Winterhawks to the WHL championship.