Canada Wins Gold over Sweden

Canada Wins Gold over Sweden

Tyler Steenbergen scored the go-ahead goal with one minute and 40 seconds remaining in the third as the Canadians bested Sweden, 3-1, to win the World Juniors title a year after dramatically falling to the U.S.in the shootout of the 2017 finals. Sweden flung the puck around and dominated zone time, and Canada pushed its way to some risky chances the other way, and you could hear the crowd - there was a real crowd for the first time in this building, announced at 17,544 - oohs and ahhs when the systems broke down, and jeopardy arose. If you deserve to be in the gold-medal game, then it's going to be a good test no matter what. "So if we're not going to win tomorrow, I don't think the feeling will be any different than past year when we lost the bronze medal game".

The Americans, who won gold previous year in Montreal, will play the loser of the Canada-Czech Republic semifinal for the bronze medal. "We wanted to bring the medal to the Czech Republic and we didn't".

Last season saw one of the most thrilling championship games the tournament has ever seen as the United States of America came from behind against Canada in Canada to win their third-ever gold medal in a shootout.

"It's going to be cool". Michael Keegan had 33 assists, and Kolbie Knorr had six digs. But over that span the Swedes have just the one gold medal to show for it. Hart was the busier of the two netminders on the evening and the tears of last year's loss were replaced by the good kind this time out.

"We've just got to work hard and play the way we played (Thursday)". Sam Steel, Maxime Comtois, Jordan Kyrou and Boris Katchouk also scored goals for Canada. The goalie for Canada in both games was Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart and redemption was his tonight in Buffalo.

They saved the best for last.

"I'm not giving that thing up the rest of the tournament", Batherson said.

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"We were trying not to dwell on a year ago", said forward Dillon Dube, one of the seven players who returned from the 2017 tournament.

Like everything else, it was better late than never. He was just 5-foot-5 and wasn't on the radar for Major Junior teams right away - but stuck with it.

"He came in, had to fight for his spot until the last moment", said Ducharme, whose Drummondville Voltigeurs face Batherson's Cape Breton Screaming Eagles twice per season. That was all it took, as a close game became another rout. His uncle, Dennis Vial, played parts of five seasons with the club.

In some ways, it was a microcosm of this year's world juniors. Even Canadian head coach Dominique Ducharme, who coaches against Batherson in the QMJHL, wasn't really aware of him. "But we could see from one day to the other he was always getting better, adjusting".

Batherson's offensive explosion at the World Juniors is nearly as surprising as the fact he made the cut. Canada is appearing in back-to-back world junior finals, not its third straight.

He was actually born in Fort Wayne, Ind., while his father, Norm, played for the IHL's Fort Wayne Komets. "I don't know what's going on yet, but if I go there, that's an honour too". "The German League was my NHL". Lias Andersson and Elias Pettersson have been two of the best forwards at the world juniors and Filip Gustavsson is breaking out in net, leading the tournament in save percentage (.924) and goals against (nine) in five starts. "I figured I could be like that".

From the start it was clear that this was the game everyone was waiting for: in what had been a sleepy, pro forma tournament, this one had juice. Now, on the best run of his hockey life on a stage no one could have predicted, Batherson didn't seem anxious about the safe keeping of his red hot stick on the night before his biggest game yet. "I think I'll trust them for another night to keep it safe".

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