Charlie McAvoy at the IIHF U20 World Junior ChampionshipBy Norman Carr Jan 06, 2017
Jordan Greenway of Team USA looks to steal a puck from Julien Gauthier of Team Canada during a preliminary round game in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship at the Air Canada Centre on December 31, 2016, in Toronto.
After a scoreless 20-minute overtime period in which the US was outshot 17-7, Denver Pioneers sophomore Troy Terry scored the lone goal for either side in a five-round shootout.
The announced crowd of only 10,215 at the Bell Centre groaned as Tomas Soustal used a toe drag on a rush to get around Noah Juulsen and score at 8:53, but Chabot restored Canada's one-goal lead when he stickhandled through the defence and scored from the slot at 13:32.
Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first as Thomas Chabot opened the scoring at 4:58 and Jeremy Lauzon added another at 9:02.
He had an excellent chance to be the hero again late in a 20-minute sudden-death overtime, but was stopped by goalie Tyler Parsons as he was falling on a check from behind. Goals were scored, saves were made, hits were leveled, and the whole glorious spectacle went right to the bitter end. The 18-year-old played more than two periods of shutout hockey after coming in to replace netminder Connor Ingram.
Unfortunately, three straight penalties by the United States stalled their momentum.
"I remember rushing home from practice to watch that game", said Team USA captain Luke Kunin.
In their first semifinal game against Switzerland, a team the U.S. should have beaten handily, it all seemed to fall apart.
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The defensemen continued to shine in the gold medal match, as Charlie McAvoy netted the Americans their first goal of the evening that cut Canada's lead to 2-1.
The U.S. and Canada have faced each other four times in world junior finals, with Canada taking the first in 1997 and the Americans winning the next three - including 2004 and 2010. Just ask Joe Sakic, Trevor Linden and Wayne Gretzky whether they felt cheated at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano when goalie Dominik Hasek frustrated Canada in the semifinal shootout win for the Czech Republic.
Canada and the US knew the rules going in.
A US power play goal tied the game as Adam Fox's shot was deflected past Hart by Kieffer Bellows at 9:30 of the second period. Canada sputtered on two power play attempts in the period, passing on a golden opportunity, as their success with the man-advantage slipped into a 1-for-19 rut in the tournament. "It's exciting to know we have a chance at the gold medal tomorrow".
Canada, however, came out hot in the third to regain a two-goal edge.
The clutch play by team U.S. and Russian Federation was something to behold.
Ultimately, however, it would be the US that would come out on top, winning the game all the way in the 5th round of the shootout. They'll head home empty-handed, wondering how things fell apart so quickly.
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