WJC2017: USA wins gold in a 5-4 shootout win over Canada


This is my game story on what was an emotional roller coaster between great rivals. Team USA showed plenty of heart coming back twice from two-goal deficits to pull out a hard fought 5-4 shootout win over host Canada to capture gold at the U20 World Junior Championship in Montreal.

Congrats to the players, coaches and fans of both sides for a game well played. It truly was some of the best hockey. No one was a loser. Everyone was a winner.

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c1d1aqpuoai8elp American Glory: Team USA takes the championship photo after edging Canada in a memorable final prevailing 5-4 in a shootout at the IIHF U20 World Junior Championship in Montreal. AP Photo via Getty Images courtesy USA Hockey.

What makes the IIHF U20 World Junior Championship so special is what we witnessed tonight in Montreal. Even if it was on NHL Network, it was the kind of championship caliber hockey that makes this tournament so special. There were no losers on the ice at Bell Centre. Only winners.

Just American and Canadian hockey players who gave it everything in another memorable WJC Final. There was plenty of heart shown by both sides. However, there was one gold medal handed out and a silver medal too. The gold went to USA after a gut wrenching 5-4 shootout win over Canada before over 20,000 screaming fans up north.

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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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