USA takes home gold, defeats Canada 5-4 in a game for the ages
The 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships have come and gone. At the end of it all the United States have won the gold.
In another game for the ages, a round of applause to all around, fans at the Bell Centre and across living rooms around the world were treated to a game folks will be talking about for a while.
The Canadians were the first on the board when Thomas Chabot beat Tyler Parsons on a feed from Matt Barzal to put his team up 1-0.
Jeremy Lauzon would double the lead for Canada just over five minutes later on a quick snap shot at the 9:02 mark and all of a sudden it was 2-0.
The US got on the board just three minutes into the second period when Charlie McAvoy took advantage of open space from the blue line and fired a wicked wrister past Carter Hart, it was 2-1.
After Canada would kill off a too many men call, 1:09 later Keffer Bellows would get a piece of the Adam Fox point shot and it found its way to the back of the net and things were knotted at two.
The teams would head to the dressing rooms after 40 minutes locked up, with 20 left to decide who would be taking home gold.
In the third, Nicholas Roy would give Canada the lead back once again, as he took a pass off the wall, walked into the faceoff circle and riffled one topshelf over Parsons on the stick side, it was 3-2 Canada.
Just over three minutes later Canada would once again in the game go up by two goals when Joseph Mathieu took a lead pass from Michael McLeod and splits through two US defenders and goes backhand-forehand, back of the net. 4-2 Canada.
The US was not done fighting, as just 41 seconds after Keffer Bellows takes a no look feed on from Charlie McAvoy and fires home a one timer past Hart to bring the Americans back to within a goal.
Three minutes later, Adam Fox found Colin White camped out at the side of the net and sent a hard pass right to the tape of the stick and was redirected in , and things were deadlocked at four a piece with 13 minutes remaining in regulation.
After the final minutes ticked off the clock without either team finding the back of the net again, this one was headed for overtime.
Overtime, just a like regulation before, treated fans to up and down action for the entirety of the 20 minutes including a power play chance for Canada following a too many men call against the US.
However, both netminders were locked in and neither budged, and this one was headed for a a shootout.
After the first three rounds saw save after save, the hero came in the name of Troy Terry. Terry found room five hole on Hart and scored the lone goal in the shootout.
Tyler Parsons, who had 46 saves on the night, stopped the final two shooters for Canada, and the US took home the Gold.
Carter Hart finished with 31 saves in the loss for Canada.