USA Defeats Canada to Advance to Gold Medal Game10:21 AM
For USA hockey fans and players alike, if you couldn't stay up to catch the 4 AM eastern start time, there could be no better way to wake up this morning. The United States arose victorious over the rivals from the north in the semifinal game of this year's World Junior Championships by the score of 5-1. Canada came out flat and the U.S. ran all over them early and often. Jake McCabe opened the scoring at 7:18 on a quick shot through a screen of disorganized Canadian defenders and buzzing American attackers. McCabe would add a second, again through a screen not long after with 3:58 remaining in the opening frame.
Continuing the American surge just 3 minutes into period 2, John Guadreau would net a 3rd tally for the boys in blue with a quick shot on a 2 on 1 break. A fourth goal from Jim Vesey would chase Canadian netminder Malcom Subban from the cage with just over 7 minutes remaining in the middle frame in favor of backup Jordan Binnington. Subban had faced just 16 shots.
Confusion surrounded the only Canadian tally of the tilt, as a whistle was blown on a loose puck off a rebound which was put in by Ty Rattie early in the 3rd. The mark was allowed to stand, but it would be the only to get behind American goaltender John Gibson, who stood on his head throughout facing 34 shots. USA put it away later on another goal by Guadreau.
Coach Phil Housley remarked post game, "we got the start we wanted scoring the all important first goal, we wanted to dictate the pace of the game early and we were able to do that and then it carried into the second period. We're going to enjoy this win tonight and then start thinking about the gold medal game tomorrow."
USA will play for World Junior gold in Ufa, Russia against Sweden this Saturday 8am Eastern time.