Team U.S.A succeeded in book-ending the five straight gold medals won by Canada. The Americans won their 2nd World Junior title last night by defeating Team Canada 6-5 in overtime. The Americans had a two-goal lead in the game but Jordan Eberle forced overtime with a pair of late goals. However, the furious comeback was all for naught as John Carlson scored the overtime winner.
Jordan Eberle of Canada was named the top forward and most valuable player at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
In ending Canada's run of five straight gold medals, Team U.S.A. also exhibited a punishing transition game. The intense, back-and-forth game saw both starting goalies pulled by their coaches.
"I just closed my eyes and let it rip," confessed the 19-year-old Carlson, who has played three games in the NHL for the Washington Capitals. "I think I got a little lucky."
In the bronze medal game, Team Sweden ended the tournament on a positive note. Andre Petersson had a hat trick and Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Brodin had two goals each as Sweden demolished Switzerland 11-4.
"We didn't play that well against the U.S. We showed we can play good hockey, so I'm pleased," said Swedish coach Par Marts. "It's a medal. Sometimes you have to take that, but for sure I wanted the gold medal." Sweden outshot the Swiss 50-20.
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