United States Win One For The Ages


The U.S. came back to tie the game in the second period, and then Team Canada scored two quick goals to seemingly put the game away at 4-2. The Swiss put pressure on the USA through the entire second half, and it was only thanks to a timely power play goal that the U.S. was able to skate away with a shaky 3-2 win.

After Nicolas Roy broke the deadlock less than two minutes into the third, Mathieu Joseph, left, finished off an impressive rush to extend Canada's lead to 4-2.

The third period and overtime were two periods worthy of the moment, and worthy of this game which was without doubt an instant classic we will talk about for a long time. Charlie McAvoy and Colin White also found the back of the net.

And from there, it was the goalies show.

The better team doesn't always prevail in a one-game, winner-take-all affair, especially when that game isn't decided by actually playing hockey.

The tide began to turn midway through the second period as Canada increased the tempo and created a number of scoring chances. But in the fourth, Terry, a fifth-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2015, beat Hart for a 5-4 lead.

In a span of about 10 seconds, Jeremy Bracco, Luke Kunin and Anthony Cirelli traded scoring chances on either side of the ice.

In Thursday night's gold medal match, the US will face Canada, which beat Sweden 5-2 on Wednesday night. Terry's tally was the only goal scored in the shootout, and it lifted the the gold-medal title.

Parsons made 44 saves in regulation and overtime, and then four more in the five-round shootout. Moreover, the organizers likely see the final as a dream gold medal game for the North American people.

But in no way should USA Hockey and its fans feel as though they were the better team.

With red-hot goaltenders Carter Hart (Canada) and Tyler Parsons (U.S.A) stonewalling each team's first three snipers, fans' hearts beat faster and screams grew louder as the lineups of uber-talented skaters continued to narrow.

Both games required overtime on Thursday.

Russian Federation won the bronze with a 2-1 overtime victory over Sweden. As The Washington Post's Dave Sheinen wrote in 2014: "The hard edges of the U.S. -Russia rivalry have been softened by time, shifting geopolitical circumstances and the ubiquitous presence of Russians in the National Hockey League, among other factors". Sweden's Alexander Nylander (five goals and 12 points) and Clayton Keller of the United States (three goals and 11 points) were also named to the all-star team. The setback was Canada's lone loss in the tournament.

Chabot earned a point in every game in the tournament and led all defensemen with nine. He became the first defenceman ever to win the award, since 2002 when the IIHF started awarding a tournament MVP.

Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov, who had a.930 save percentage and a 2.11 goals-against average for Russian Federation, was named the top goaltender of the tournament.