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World Junior Hockey Championships: Medal Round

The medal round in the World Junior Hockey Championships was completed today.  These games took place in Montreal.  Eararlier games in the tournament also took place in Toronto.  Here are the results onf the earlier preliminary round and here are the quarterfinal results.  First I will start with yersterday's semi-final games.

USA 4 Russia 3 (shootout).  Tyler Parsons (Calgary prospect) was the winning American goalie.  Ilya Samsonov (Washington prospect) manned the Russian nets.  This was a close game.  Kiril Kaprizov (Minnesota prospect) opened the scoring for Russia.  Colin White (Ottawa prospect) evened things up late in the first period.  Russia toook another lead early in the second period when Denis Guryanov (Dallas prospect) scored.  Luke Kunin (Minnesota prospect) evened things up with an American goal and Colin White scored his second goal to give the Americans their first lead.  In the third period Denis Guryanov tied things up with his second on the game.  Teams played a ten minute overtime period and remained tied 3-3 so the game went to a shootout.  Troy Terry (Anaheim prospect) scored on the deciding breakaway to give USA a rather unsatisfying win.  USA is in the gold/silver game and Russia plays for bronze.

Canada 5 Sweden 2.  Sweden played Felix Sandstrom (Philadelphia prospect) in goal and Canada began with Connor Ingram (Tampa Bay prospect) in goal.  Joel Eriksson Ek (Minnesota prospect) opened the scoring for Sweden and Mitchell Stephens (Tampa Bay prospect) tied things up.  Carl Grundstrom (Toronto prospect) gave the Swedes a 2-1 lead.  Canada changed goaltenders as Ingram had allowed two goals on three shots.  Carter Hart (Philadelphia prospect) took over in net for Canada.  After surviving some Swedish pressure on a power play, the Canadians took over the game.  Julien Gauthier (Carolina prospect) led the way with two goals.  Dylan Strome (Arizona prospect) and Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay prospect) each had a goal and two assists.  Hart did not allow any goals as he was the winning goalie.  Canada is in the gold/silver game and Sweden plays for bronze.

Bronze/4th Game: Russia 2 Sweden 1 (overtime).  Ilya Samsonova and Felix Sandstrom were the goaltenders.  Kiril Kaprizov opened the scoring for Russia in the second period.  Jonathan Dahlen (Ottawa prospect) responded for Sweden.  The teams remained tied until 33 seconds into overtime when Denis Guryanov scored for Russia.  This gave Russia the bronze medal in the tournament.

Gold/Silver Game: USA 5 Canada 4 (shootout)  Tyler Parsons and Carter Hart manned the goals.  Canada took a 2-0 lead on goals by Thomas Chabot (Ottawa prospect) and Jeremy Lauzon (Boston prospect).  The Americans evend things up on goals by Charlie McAvoy (Boston prospect) and Kieffer Bellows (NY Islanders prospect).  Canada again took a two goal lead on goals by Nicolas Roy (Carolina prospect) and Mathieu Joseph (Tampa Bay prospect).  US again tied things up on goals by Bellows (his 2nd of the game) and Colin White.  Unfortunately the game was decided by a shootout.  These hockey games are too good to be ended in an individual skills competition.  USA won with Troy Terry scoring the only goal and winning his second shootout in two nights.  USA wins the gold medal and Canada wins silver.  Unfortunately neither US win in the medal round was a hockey game win but rather they were shootout wins.  I support sudden death overtime and not shootouts.

The best goaltender in the tournament was Felix Sandstrom of Sweden, the top defenceman was Thomas Chabot of Canada and the top forward was Kiril Kaprizov of Russia.

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