A Preview of USA vs Canada

Tonight at 8 PM on the East coast up in Montreal, USA takes on Canada in the U20 World Junior Championship for gold. If the past is any indication, it should be memorable. It’s all on the line at Bell Centre.

Here is my preview done over on Hockey Prospects.

They’re both here because they have proven to be the best teams in the IIHF 2017 U20 WJC. Canada got the better of tournament favorite Sweden prevailing 5-2. If it’s anything like previous two championships, look out. Canada is 1-2 against USA in WJC Finals. The lone win came back in 1997. So, these match-ups don’t happen too often. That’s why we should enjoy it.

No matter what side you’re on, it shouldn’t be about smack talk and booing the opposition. But rather enjoying what should be a great game between two prominent countries.

A look back at the last gold medal game between USA and Canada. One of the more memorable games at the IIHF World Juniors:

Over a decade later, tonight USA can again make history when they take on Canada in enemy territory at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Their second championship also went through Canada in memorable fashion prevailing 6-5 in overtime on John Carlson’s golden winner. A two on one odd man rush following a Jack Campbell huge save with Carlson faking pass to Derek Stepan before wiring one upstairs on Canadian replacement Martin Jones for the emotional game-winner. It remains one of the craziest finals ever played. A game where both starters were pulled. One in which Canada rallied from a 5-3 deficit on two clutch Jordan Eberle goals to force sudden death. It’s one of the greatest games in recent memory between North American rivals.

If you root for the Devils or Islanders, there are prospects to watch. Matt Barzal is on Canada as is Blake Speers. Both key forwards for the Canadian side. Isles’ prospect Kiefer Bellows represents USA. It’s a glimpse into the future.

The game is on NHL Network at 8 PM. Don’t miss it.


About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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