United States wins gold medal after thrilling game ends in a shootout

United States goalie Tyler Parsons makes the winning save on Canada's Nicolas Roy during Thursday's shootout in the gold-medal game at the world junior hockey championship

In a sold-out crowd that was overwhelmingly rooting for the home team, the USA ended the first period down 2-0.

In Thursday night's gold medal match, the USA will face Canada, which beat Sweden 5-2 on Wednesday night. But hockey fans couldn't be disappointed.

The United States and hosts Canada will meet in tomorrow's final of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championships following their respective semi-final wins today.

Blame the costly ticket prices or the overkill of hosting a tournament in the same two cities two years apart, but attendance was downright disappointing. And it wasn't just for non-Canadian games. "We're booed for 80 minutes, we're in a place that doesn't want us, and to come out on top it's that much sweeter".

Terry was the one responsible for getting the Americans into the gold medal game.

But, of course, there were many American fans in attendance too. In last year's tournament, he finished with three assists in five games but couldn't help his team win a medal as the Canadians finished sixth.

Suddenly, this team felt different than squads from years past. But the bigger reason had to do with experience. Well, this year the Lightning organization has a record five prospects on one team.

Last night, it was not decided who truly was the better team. As one scout said, we were spoiled. That didn't mean that the draft-eligibles were invisible.

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It was a memorable tournament for McAvoy, who led all United States defenseman with six points (two goals, four assists) over seven games while recording a plus-six rating and accruing 12 penalty minutes. Fitzgerald was forced in to an even bigger role Thursday night, as were all American defensemen, due to the absence of Ryan Lindgren due to illness; Fitzgerald played huge minutes and was a steady presence in his own end and a force going forward for BC. Colin White, the first-round selection from the Senators in 2015, tied the contest at four just a few minutes later.

"I'm not really thinking about that right now", he said when asked about the tremendous tournament he had. "At TSN, we are so proud to deliver the moments of effect that matter to Canadian fans".

Heading into the tournament, Dylan Strome was supposed to be the main attraction. With his well-rounded defensive tools and sharp playmaking abilities, McAvoy has all the makings of a top-pairing defenseman at the National Hockey League level. The goal was White's seventh in seven games this tournament, putting him second behind Russia's Kirill Kaprizov. With the U.S.in the penalty box for shooting the puck over the glass, Barzal put a puck on a tee for Pierre-Luc Dubois, who somehow whiffed on the pass. Chances are even if he did score, the US would have come back and tied things up again.

Meanwhile, Troy Terry scored three nervy shootout goals to give the U.S. their win over Russian Federation.

The feat earned comparisons to T.J.

Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first as Thomas Chabot opened the scoring at 4:58 and Jeremy Lauzon added another at 9:02.

Before shutting the door in the shootout, Parsons came up huge on a number of occasions for the US - none bigger than the sprawling save he made in overtime.

The Americans essentially played eight periods of playoff hockey in a 27-hour span between Wednesday's shootout win over Russian Federation and Thursday's victory. He played 43:53 - more than half the game - including 11:06 in the 20-minute overtime period. Once again, he went with what he knew best.



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