US tops Russia in seven round shootout 4-3, will play for Gold Jan. 5


In one of the best semifinals of late in World Junior history, the United States and Russia treated fans at the Bell Centre to an extraordinary hockey game on Wednesday afternoon.

The Russians would strike first at the 11:54 mark of the first, when Kirill Kaprizov took a feed from Mikhail Vorobyov and put one past American netminder Tyler Parsons.

The US would answer in the final minute, when Clayton Keller dug the puck out of the attacking end corner and cut off the half wall firing a shot towards the net.The shot redirected off the body of Colin White, who was camped out in front of Ilya Samsonov and had the puck sneek through under his arm knotting things up at 1-1.

After killing off a carry over power play chance for the Americans, the Russians struck and answered when Denis Guranyov took the large rebound off the pad of Parsons, who answered the shot of Kudako but could not steer the shot to a corner and saw the biscuit sent to the back of his net and his team now down 2-1.

Just over the halfway mark of the second frame the captain Luke Kunin, driving hard to the front of the net took a centering pass from Jordan Greenway and tipped it past the out stretched Samsonov to tie it up once again at 2-2.

With just over three minutes left in the frame the US would take their first leaf of the tilt.

Colin White would strike again picking up his second of the game taking a pass from Joey Anderson and was able to beat Samsonov once again after a deflection off his own defencemen and the US led for the first time in the game 3-2.

Things got off to a very fast paced, high tempo in the third. It led to a penalty shot for the U.S.A.’s Clayton Keller after he was taken down on a breakaway. However Ilya Samsonov made the big time stop for the Russians to keep them in the game and it paid off big time for them seconds later.

Just 55 seconds later following the penalty shot save, the Russians would get the equalizer when Guranyov struck for his second of the game at 6:07 of the third period.

Regulation would end with the score locked at 3-3 and the teams were headed for sudden death overtime.

With the Russians out shooting the Americans 8-7 in overtime, neither team could find the winner and it was off to a five round shootout.

With the first five rounds ending the same way regulation and overtime did, all tied up, it was on to 1-1 sudden death shots.

Troy Terry, the University of Denver Pioneer, would play hero for the US as he capitalized on both chances in round six and seven and helped send the Americans onto the Gold Medal game.

The US will take on Canada following their 5-2 victory over Sweden.