Team USA Wins World Junior Championships Gold Medal
Now, he can add a gold medal to his stirring coaching resume.
John Carlson (NHL rights: Washington) wristed home the game-winner 4:31 into overtime, and Team USA won the second World Junior Championships gold medal in their history. They survived blowing a two-goal lead to beat host Canada, 6-5, in Saskatoon.
Just as in the meeting on New Year's Eve, Canada opened the scoring before the United States rallied. Luke Adam (Buffalo) went five-hole on Team USA starting goalie Mike Lee (Phoenix) for a 1-0 lead. It was one of the softer goals Lee gave up in the whole tournament, and was unfortunately a bit of an indicator of Lee's night.
Chris Kreider (N.Y. Rangers) and Jordan Schroeder (Vancouver) picked up goals for the Americans, beating Canadian goalie Jake Allen (St. Louis) high on the glove side.
The goal parade continued throughout regulation, with the teams trading goals. The United States took a two-goal lead in the third on goals by stars Jerry D'Amigo (Toronto) and Derek Stepan (N.Y. Rangers), but Canadian goal-scoring machine Jordan Eberle (Edmonton) picked up two in the final minutes of regulation, including one on a controversial power play. Canada again rallied dramatically in the final minutes to tie the game, forcing overtime.
The four-on-four overtime featured some up-and-down action on the clean ice, and each team had chances. The idea of a four-on-four for 20 minutes was to keep a shootout from coming into play, and it's probably a good start for the IIHF. The action for four-plus minutes was so wide-open that it's hard to imagine two highly-competitive teams going 20 minutes without a goal.
Team USA has won gold in Canada twice in as many days. Monday night, the Americans beat Team Canada (Ontario) 2-1 to claim the World Under 17 Challenge in Timmons, Ont. Tuesday, Team USA ended Canada's five-year run of World Junior titles.