The United States emerged victorious in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship by defeating Canada with the margin of 5-4 in a shootout. They have now become the proud winners of four gold medals for the same event. The match was an extremely thrilling one that kept the audience on their toes throughout the game.
Canada had an edge on the U.S. team as they got the lead of 2-0 at the conclusion of the first period. However, the edge was short lived with the U.S. team bouncing back in the game and how! Troy Terry continued his supreme form from the previous match where he scored three shootouts against Russia, by scoring the only shootout goal in this match from the U.S. team leading them to victory.
The team was down and out twice in the game when they were 2 goals behind the Canadians at the end of first and second periods, but the fightback was massive as the game went into overtime after being tied. However, the U.S team emerged out victorious in shootout round by a narrow margin. None of the Canadian players could score a goal in the shootout, whereas Troy Terry from the U.S. finally found the net and took his team to the victory stand, securing the gold medal for them.
From the Canadian team Thomas Chabot, Jeremy Lauzon, Nicolas Roy, and Mathieu Joseph scored the goals. Charlie McAvoy and Colin White scored one each from the U.S. side and Kieffer Bellows scored two goals.
Thomas Chabot and Jeremy Lauzon opened the scoring for Team Canada by scoring goals at 4:58 and 9:03 in the initial period. No goals were scored by the U.S. team in this period. The second period started on a good note for the U.S. team with Charlie McAvoy scoring the first goal for the U.S. at 3:04. Adam Fox then shot from the point and it was deflected in by Kieffer Bellows tying the game on the power play at 9:30 of the second period.
Canada claimed the lead once again with Nicolas Roy and Mathieu Joseph scoring goals in the third period. However, the 2 goal lead was short-lived as Bellow scored his second goal of the game just 39 seconds later. McAvoy then struck in the final stages of the game to even up the score and take the game into overtime.
The crowd was packed and enthusiastically cheering for their respective teams. It will be a game remembered forever. The overtime period went without a tally. Finally, the thrilling shootout sealed the gold for the U.S. coming out with the lone goal and surrendering none.
Both the teams have faced each other three times before this match in the finals of world juniors. The U.S. team has claimed two of the three titles to their names in 2004 & 2010 whereas team Canada managed to beat their opponent only once in 1997. With this victory, the team U.S. has now the fourth world junior title for them.