In an action-packed World Juniors tournament, the United States Men’s Hockey Team took home the gold medal after defeating Canada, 2-0, in an exciting final matchup.
In the gold medal game, the US took the lead with seven minutes left in the first period, as Alex Turcotte scored off a Drew Helleson assist. 32 seconds after the second period began, Tournament MVP Trevor Zegras scored to make it 2-0 for the US.
Canada piled on the pressure, with an onslaught of shots later in the second period and all throughout the third, but goalie Spencer Knight stood firm and posted an impressive 34 saves throughout the game, with 15 of them coming in the third period alone.
This marks the 5th gold medal finish for the United States, and the 10th silver medal for the Canadians.
With the 3 Eagles on the US team, it now marks 10 Boston College hockey players who have won the gold medal at the World Juniors tournament. Alex Newhook also became the third Eagle to win a medal with Canada at this event.
Coach York will be extremely proud of his players' performances at this tournament, and naturally, can’t wait to get them back with the squad for what can be a very promising season for the Eagles.
The United States finished top in their group with three wins and one loss. The US lost their opening game to Russia 5-3, which was a wake up call for the team as they went on to win their next three games by a combined score of 22-0 to finish top of the group.
Spencer Knight was able to keep a shutout in all 3 of their subsequent group games, as the US ended with a 25-5 goal difference in the group stages.
They handled Slovakia in the quarterfinals 5-2 and faced a strong Finland team in the semifinals. The US went up 3-1 in the 2nd period, but Finland tied the game late in the 3rd period. With overtime looming, the US was able to score with less than 2 minutes left to win the game 4-3 and set up a matchup against the Canadians in the final.
The Canadians also finished top in their group with 4 wins and 0 losses, and they racked up a whopping 29 goal differential (33 F, 4 A) during the group stages.
They destroyed Germany 16-2 and dismantled Switzerland 10-0, which shows the relentless mindset that this team brought into the tournament. In the quarterfinals they handled the Czech’s 3-0 and easily took care of Russia in the semifinals by a score of 5-0 on their way to the final.
In the bronze medal game, Finland dispatched Russia by a score of 4-1. Russia took an early lead 6 minutes into the game, but the Finnish were not to be outdone in the fight for a medal.
They tied it up early in the second period, and were carried by three goals in the final period to run away with it and claim their 7th bronze medal at this event. Anton Lundell bagged two goals, showing his worth as he was drafted 12th overall in the 2020 NHL draft.
Individual Tournament Awards
MVP: Trevor Zegras (USA)
Best Goalie: Devon Levi (Canada)
Best Defenseman: Topi Niemela (Finland)
Best Forward: Tim Stutzle (Germany)
Tournament All-Star Team
GK: Devon Levi (Canada)
D: Bowen Byram (Canada)
D: Ville Heinola (Finland)
F: Trevor Zegras (USA)
F: Dylan Cozens (Canada)
F: Tim Stutzle (Germany)
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