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.
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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