USA beats Canada for gold at WJHC

He had scored three times in Wednesday's seven-round semifinal shootout win over Russian Federation. A long standing rivalry stood once again between the United States and Russian Federation. Charlie McAvoy and Colin White also found the back of the net.

The teams traded chances in the early part of the 20 minute overtime period, in end-to-end action that was evident through the first 60 minutes. It was a captivating, back-and-forth affair that was rife with drama and tension and emotion. I'm not even sure that term is in either team's vocabulary.

Heck, even last year, nearly all of the leading candidates for the Calder Trophy (the NHL's Rookie of the Year award) were playing and performing at a high rate.

The Canadians were playing their best when they were going north-south and driving to the net. "Canada out shot them".

After Nicolas Roy broke the deadlock less than two minutes into the third, Mathieu Joseph, left, finished off an impressive rush to extend Canada's lead to 4-2.

Canada's Thomas Chabot, who was named tournament MVP despite the loss, told the Canadian Press he wished it didn't end up in shootouts.

But that was only the opening act of the period.

The two powerhouse teams entered the championship game after each team won a dramatic semi-final.

Momentum shifted to the U.S. early into the second period when Charlie McAvoy fired one past Canadian netminder Carter Hart from the hashmarks, cutting the Canadian lead to a single goal.

Less then three minutes after that, the reset button was hit once again. Trailing, 2-0, the 14th overall pick in last June's draft raced into the offensive zone, where he collected a pass in the slot and whipped a shot past Canadian goalie Carter Hart. After the Americans took a too many men penalty, goalie Tyler Parsons kept the game alive by making some spectacular saves. Hart made 31 saves for Canada, including seven in overtime.

Joe Woll's two wins in the group stage, topping Slovakia and Canada, helped set the table for the Americans to complete the tournament 7-0 - a rare and special feat. As much as it's nice to watch Canada play on home soil, there's a certain romanticism and mystique that comes when it's played elsewhere - waking up at all hours of the morning to catch a game, or having a two weeks of daytime hockey to watch.

Defenceman Jeremy Lauzon showed off his impressive vertical after connecting on Canada's second goal of the period.

Flyers prospect forward Tanner Laczynski was active for the game after missing Wednesday with an illness, but played just 8:17 and didn't factor into any scoring as his team claimed goal.

  • Anthony Vega