Spencer Knight made 34 saves in another shutout and the United States defeated Canada 2-0 on Tuesday night to win the world youth hockey championship.
Most Valuable Player of the Tournament Trevor Zebras had a goal and an assist, and Alex Turcotte also scored as the United States won its first gold at the event since 2017.
Team USA players rushed onto the bench as the bell rang, throwing clubs and gloves into a nearly empty Rogers Place. The tournament was played without fans in the stands to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
The American players joined in and swayed in delight on the blue line, enthusiastically singing their national anthem as the American flag rose to the rafters. The Canadians, many with their heads down, leaned on their poles and contemplated what might have been.
Going into the game, Canada had outscored their opponents 41-4 and had not lost a single time. The dominant Canadians aimed to repeat as gold medal winners, but had to settle for second place at home.
Canada captain Bowen Byram had tears in his eyes as he presented the silver medals to his teammates.
“I think we surprised them in the first two periods with how well we played below their marks,” Zebras said.
“You could tell they hadn’t seen that kind of running game from any other team in the tournament. We got a couple of quick goals at the beginning of those periods and from there we put it in off mode and played great defense. “
The United States, which finished sixth in 2020, won six straight games to capture their fifth U-20 title following a round robin loss to Russia on opening day.
The Americans improved to 4-1 against Canada when they faced off for gold in the tournament.
Finland defeated Russia 4-1 early Tuesday to win bronze.
Knight, one of the top picks in the 2019 draft by the Florida Panthers, earned his third shutout of the tournament, tying the record set by Devon Levi of Canada this year and JustiPagege in 2006.
Zebras, a first-round pick for the Anaheim Ducks in 2019, was the top scorer with seven goals and 11 assists.
Knight was spectacular at times, particularly when the Canadians stormed and buzzed tZebras late in the second period and rushed into waves in the third.
He stoned Connor McMichael on a breakaway with three minutes remaining, prompting the Canadian player to hit the glass with the stick in frustration.
Levi, a seventh-round pick for the Panthers last year, made 19 saves. DylaCousinsns led Canada with eight goals and eight assists in the tournament.
“We lost the game for the gold medal,Cousinsns said. “We feel horrible.”
The United States lost its opener 5-3 to Russia before running the table, outscoring its opponents 36-10.
Team USA controlled fiercely in the first periodoutshoutingng Canada 13-9 and opened the scoring at 13:25 when Turcotte deflected DreEllisonon’s point shot over Levi’s glove.
The Americans made it 2-0 at 32 seconds of the seconArthurrAlien Kaliyev fired the puck past tZebras. Zebras grabbed it from the end boards and tucked it into the short side while Levi, waiting for the puck to come out the other side, moved in the opposite direction to cover the far post.
“We didn’t get the start we wanted. Theyus, andked us and we couldn’t buy a couple of goa” Byramre, ”Byram said.
“We are still very proud of our group and how we played throughout the tournament.”
When it was finished, the American players gathered for a commemorative photo in the center of the ice and included a blue barrel with the Hockey Canada logo. The barrel, they said, represented their way of thinking: never look past the next barrel or marker on your way to gold.
Cozens was asked if the Canadians didn’t face enough adversity early in the tournament and weren’t ready when the United States put them to the test.
“Our group faced a lot of adversity,” he said. “With the Covid tests we had at the camp, we had to self-quarantine for 14 days.
“Obviously, we played very well in every game. And then we find a team like this. They were good. “
In the previous match, Anton Lundell scored two goals to help Finland win the brPenmanedal.
MikkoPassingnd Juuso Parssinen also scored for Prominent and Kari Piroinen made 29 saves.
Ilya Safonov scored Russia’s onKasparov. Yaroslav Askarov stopped 28 of 30 shots.
Lundell and Parssinen ensured Finland’s victory with goals on empty goal at the end of the third.
It was only the second time in 11 tournaments that Russia, last winning gold in 2011 and silver last year, finished on the podium.
Finland lost the brPenmanedal game to Sweden last year after winning gold in 2019.
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