Wednesday, January 6, 2010

WJC: Team USA Wins Gold Medal!

Final Score:  Team USA 6, Team Canada 5 OT

Wow.  What a game.  I feel sorry for anyone who missed watching this game.  One of the best hockey games I've ever seen on TV.  Just incredible.

SASKATOON, Sask. - John Carlson (Colonia, N.J.) scored twice including the game-winning goal in overtime, as the U.S. National Junior Team defeated Canada, 6-5, to win gold at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

Following a pad save by Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.), Team USA skated up ice on a three-on-one odd-man rush. Carlson glided in on the wing and fired a quick snap shot past goalie Martin Jones for the championship-winning tally.

"We put the right team together for this tournament, filled with gritty, hard-working players," said Dean Blais, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "Our guys battled the whole tournament, and we're very happy to come away with the gold here in Saskatoon."

Great to see so many kids from the USHL do well in this game.  Defenseman John Carlson, who scored the game winning goal in OT, played for the Indiana Ice in 2007-'08.  Team USA head coach Dean Blais coached the Fargo Force to the Clark Cup Finals last season, and is currently the head coach for the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.  Former Lincoln Stars draft picks Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider each scored one goal in the gold medal game, and Stepan was named named Team USA's Player of the Game.  Stepan finished as the tournament's leading point-getter with 15 points (5 goals-10 assists).

Video highlights of the game:

Finally, a video taken of the Team USA players after the game in their locker room.  Former Omaha Lancer Danny Kristo leads the team in a post game chant.  Good stuff.

1 comment:

Travis said...

Agree as to the best hockey game I have ever seen on TV. Never really realized how much the Canadians disrespect American Hockey. Read some of the comments below the "chant video." Excellent stuff. Thanks for posting. The Olympics will be fun to watch.