No, Canada! Team USA wins world junior title in OT
Team USA ended Canada's five-game title streak Tuesday night in dramatic fashion, recording a 6-5 overtime victory over the favored Canadians in the gold medal game of the world junior championships at Saskatoon, Canada.
John Carlson, a Washington Capitals prospect, beat Canadian goalie Martin Jones (a Kings prospect) in overtime to give the U.S. its first world junior crown since 2004.
It was an entertaining game from start to finish, though the goaltending was so shaky that both teams went to their backups in the late stages. And nice to see most of the Canadian crowd stay to watch the medal ceremony -- and to see the U.S. players signing as the national anthem was played in their honor.
Another U.S. hockey title is worth mentioning: The U.S. under-17 national team beat Canada-Ontario, 2-1, on Monday at Timmons, Canada, to win the world under-17 hockey challenge. The scoring leader was Rocco Grimaldi of Rossmoor, who had 14 points and a tournament-leading 10 assists.
-- Helene Elliott
Photo: Members of Team USA celebrate after defeating Team Canada yesterday in Saskatoon, Canada. Credit: Richard Wolowicz / Getty Images.