It will be Canada vs USA in the World Junior Hockey Championship Final

Gold Medal Final - Canada vs USA in the World Junior Championships

1/4/10 in Junior Hockey   |   Debi_L   |   11285 respect

Fortunately, living in Canada, with the games being played in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, I've seen a few of the blow-out games.  Unfortunately, they've been blow-out games, with scores like 16-0 and 18-1.

It's all come down to this, however, with the expected final match-up of Canada taking on the USA.  

Switzerland defeated the formerly dominant Russian team (Champions from 1974-1980) to get into the Semi-final, but their meeting with Canada wasn't quite so cheerful.  Canada overcame a second period of undisciplined penalties against  the Swiss team and defeated them 6-1 to move on to the final. 

The game wasn't without drama, with a player from each team not shaking hands at the end of the game, as is traditional to show sporstmanship.  Apparently, one of the Swiss players said something a Canadian player didn't like.  The controversy didn't erupt into a fight, however, and the Canadians will need to focus on hockey, not tempers as they meet up with the USA team.  


Sweden had to defeat the US to get into the final game, and were the favorites to do so, having played in the final against Canada in the last two tournaments.  The US wanted a final game again and they set out to make sure they were in it.   

The USA/Sweden game wasn't without controversy.  US star Jerry D'Amigo, a two goal scorer in the game, was the victim of a vicious hit in the third period by the Swedish Captain, Marcus Johannsen.  Johannsen was given a major penalty and a game misconduct.  Perhaps it was the frustration of not being able to dominate the US team as they had expected.  The call was against them as well, in the third period, when Cam Fowler of the US stopped a breakaway by Sweden's Silfverberg.  Fowler received a two minute penalty, but Sweden did not receive the penalty shot.  The US won by a score of 5-2, however, so even if the penalty shot had been awarded, and a goal scored, the US still would have won the game.

It will be a rematch of the 2004 US/Canada Gold Medal Game, won by the US.  In this tournament, the US was defeated New Years Eve by the Canadians, but only in a shoot out, further showing that this years Gold Medal meeting will be a thriller.

Both teams have NHL draft picks playing, so the play is excellent caliber hockey.  The medal games will be broadcast in Canada on TSN tomorrow.
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1/5/10   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

Good work team USA!!!!!!!

On Canadian soil no less!

1/4/10   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
It's on tomorrow

Oh. I fail.

1/4/10   |   Debi_L   |   11285 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I meant the title game.

It's on tomorrow

1/4/10   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
  I don't know who won the fights - I wasn't paying attention but there were game misconducts in both games

I meant the title game.

1/4/10   |   Debi_L   |   11285 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Who won?

It was unfortunate there was some ugliness. Usually a lack of fighting/goonery is considered a plus of major international competition.

  I don't know who won the fights - I wasn't paying attention but there were game misconducts in both games

1/4/10   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Who won?

It was unfortunate there was some ugliness. Usually a lack of fighting/goonery is considered a plus of major international competition.

1/4/10   |   Debi_L   |   11285 respect

Because at the time of the writing, he wasn't announced as "gone" - he was being evaluated.  You can write about it yourself if you wish.

1/4/10   |   Debi_L   |   11285 respect

I saw what it was about, actually, but chose to focus mostly on the hockey, as the Swiss team is now out of the Championship hunt. 

1/4/10   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

SEC!  SEC!  SEC!

Oops.


USA!  USA!  USA!

1/4/10   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

That first USA -Canada game was a pretty darn good one. 

Shame it had to go to a shootout.

1/4/10   |   Debi_L   |   11285 respect

ML31 wrote:
I believe the games will be on the NHL Network in the States as well.

I was hoping so, given the final, but couldn't find it online (updated).  Thanks for that!

1/4/10   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

I believe the games will be on the NHL Network in the States as well.