Team USA advances to the Gold Medal game, will face Sweden. Meanwhile Team Canada will play for the Bronze Medal vs. Team Russia.
Jake McCabe opened up the scoring with 2 goals that in the end would be enough. John Gaudreau added 2 of his own as Team USA had their way with the boys up North and it was never really that close. Jim Vesey also added a goal of his own in the 3rd. John Gibson stopped 33 chances from Team Canada which could only manage a late meaningless goal. At 4 – 0 Canadian coach pulled Subban who just did not have it tonight. In his defense the first few goals were well screened and the pesky Americans were everywhere. With the 5-1 win the US will face Team Sweden who knocked off the Russians 3-2 in the shootout. Only Sebastian Collberg got one past a goalie to give Sweden the shootout win. Goalie Niklas Lundstrom stopped 27 of 29 to get the win. He will face a high scoring USA team who seems on top of their game. Looking to repeat 2010 with another Gold.
Early Saturday morning Russia will face Canada for the Bronze medal. Many thought that would be the Gold medal game but they will fight starting at 2 am AZ time to avoid leaving or staying at home in Russia without a medal. Later at 6 am AZ time Team USA will play Sweden for the Gold medal.
This has been a spirited American tournament which has had ups and downs. Easily beating Canada, Germany, Slovakia, and Czech Republic while losing 2 to 1 to both Russia and Canada in games they played very well. John Gibson played well throughout the World Juniors and is deserving of MVP consideration.
Team Canada leaves disappointed again searching for answers as to how they have fallen from dominance. It seems they always point to bad goaltending but today they were just bad.