It's USA Gold and Canada Silver at World Junior Hockey Championship

Martin AverySenior Writer IJanuary 6, 2010

The USA upset Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada, winning 6-5 in overtime. John Carlson of the USA got the game winner.

Team USA upset Sweden to get into the finals and they came close to upsetting Canada earlier in the tournament. The Americans led for most of the game but Canada tied it at the end and won the game in the shoot-out after overtime.

The USA and Canada faced each other in the championship game of this tournament for the first time since 2004, when the U.S. defeated Canada 4-3 in Helsinki, Finland, for the Americans' first world junior title.

Canada scored the first goal early in the first period, just three minutes in, when Luke Adam scored his fourth game of the tournament.

Team USA tied the score with six minutes left in the first period and went ahead 2-to-1 thirty-six seconds later. Canada caught up with the USA half a minute after that.

It was Chris Kreider and Jordan Schroeder who gave the Stars and Stripes a 2-1 advantage.

Greg Nemisz scored for the first time in the tournament to tie the game for Canada.
The first period ended in a 2-2 tie and with Canada taking a penalty for hitting from behind that gave the USA the man advantage for the start of the second period. That meant Canada was without one of its top defensemen, Alex Pietrangelo, for half of the second period.

The USA got a power play goal one minute into the second period when John Carlson got a shot from the point through traffic.

Canada came back again as Taylor Hall scored four minutes into the period.
The Americans changed goalies, replacing Jake Allen with Tim Lee after Taylor’s goal.
The second period ended with the score tied 3-3.

Five minutes into the third period, the USA went ahead 4-3, on a goal by Jerry D’Amigo. They went up by two goals a few minutes later when X scored. Team USA led Canada by a score of 5 to 3.

On the power play, Jason Eberle scored with less than three minutes left in the game, to bring the Canadians within one goal of tying it up. A minute later Eberle did it again. He scored his second of the game and tied the game at five with just over a minute left to play.

The two goals give Eberle 14 goals in the tournament, passing John Tavares for the most ever by a Canadian.

When Canada trailed the U.S. by two goals with just over 10 minutes to go in the final round-robin game of the tournament Wednesday, Eberle sparked his team and incited the Credit Union Centre crowd by tipping in a Brandon McMillan shot to pull his team within one.

The first in the shootout, Eberle scored and Canada had a come-from-behind 5-4 victory.

Eberle's two goals—he'd tied the game 2-2 in the second period—plus another in a shootout, were pivotal in Canada winning its pool and securing the bye to Sunday's semifinal.

Last year, Eberle salvaged Canada's gold-medal hopes in Ottawa by scoring with five seconds remaining in the semifinal against Russia to send it to overtime. He and John Tavares scored in the shootout to keep the drive for five alive.

Canada was without their top shutdown defender in Travis Hamonic who suffered a separated shoulder in the dying moments of a semi-final victory over Switzerland.
Nine members of this Team USA could be back next year when the IIHF Championship is held in Buffalo.