John Carlson Helps US Win Gold Against Canada in OT
The Canadian Junior National team has always had a competitive team. They have won the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships the last 5 straight years. That would all end last night however, when a fiesty U.S. squad overcame the Canadians in overtime. This was the first matchup between the two teams in the finals of this tournament since 2004. That doesn’t mean they weren’t familiar with each other, however. The Canadians had faced the U.S. just a few nights before on New Years and beaten them in a 5-4 shootout.
Although the U.S. lost on New Years, they would not be beaten on this night. They controlled the puck for most of the game, leading 5-3 in the 3rd period. Canada would not go quietly however, furiously succeeding in a comeback that would tie the game at 5 and push it into overtime. Carrying all the momentum into overtime, it seemed like Canada would get the upper hand, but John Carlson was able to score his second goal of the night and give the U.S. the 6-5 win. Carlson, a defensive whiz throughout the tournament, was able to make his mark on the game with his offensive play.
The difference in this year’s U.S. team as opposed to last year’s was the decision to have tryout camps to select the team, instead of just selecting it without tryouts. The players were able to practice together and the coaches could see what they were getting.
Canada on the other hand, was very disappointed in the loss. After giving up two early goals in the 3rd period, they pulled their goalie Jake Allen. After the move it appeared that Canada had regained control of the game when Jordan Eberle scored the two quick goals in the 3rd. It was not meant to be, however, and the Canadians will have to go back to the drawing board.