WJHC GDT (FINAL) – Canada 5 vs. USA 6 – Jan 5, 2010 @ 6:00PM MST – Gold Medal Greatness

By , January 5, 2010 10:53 am

Will this be Jordan Eberle tonight?
Canada Canada 5 (Silver) FINAL USA USA 6 (GOLD)
WJHC Gold Medal Final
Canada defeats Switzerland 6-1 to earn berth in final
USA defeats Sweden 5-2 to earn berth in final
Date: Jan 5 @ 6:00 PM MST

UPDATE: Updated with results, awards, post-game rant and more… read on.


Will that picture be re-created tonight, perhaps with Jordan Eberle the subject? Let’s hope so. The Canadians barely squeaked off a shootout win against the USA on New Years Eve. The Americans look to be the best match for the offensive Canadians (not to be confused with the other meaning of the word “offensive”, often used with the Oilers as of late). The Americans play a very strong, tight neutral zone game. I suppose you could call it a trap, but it’s smart hockey. The Canadians had a lot of trouble getting passes through the neutral zone. They also have been having some difficulty with their powerplay and have changed it up a bit, giving them another option.

Anyways, there also is an Oilers GDT thread out there (below this one). But I have to wonder why anyone in the world would watch that game over this one. This is exciting hockey folks. Even if the Oilers were doing well, this is what hockey is all about. Tune in for sure.

Player Team GP G A PTS +/-
Jordan Eberle Canada 6 8 5 13 +3
Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson Sweden 6 3 7 10 +6
Anton Lander Sweden 6 5 3 8 +5
Teemu Hartikainen Finland 6 4 2 6 -3
Toni Rajala Finland 6 1 2 3 -2


1st Period
Canada – 02:40 – Adam from Caron
USA – 13:56 – Kreider from Palmieri, Jenks
USA – 14:32 – Schroeder from Bourque, Donovan
Canada – 16:03 – Nemisz from Kadri, Hall
2nd Period
USA – 01:03 – Carlson (PP) from Kristo, McRae
Canada – 03:56 – Hall from Adam
3rd Period
USA – 04:12 – D’Amigo from Stepan
USA – 06:23 – Stepan form D’Amigo
Canada – 17:11 – Eberle (PP) from Pietrangelo, Hall
Canada – 18:25 – Eberle from Ellis, Kadri
USA – 04:31 – Carlson from Ramage


Player of the game for Canada
Canada Jordan Eberle
Player of the game for USA
USA Derek Stepan
Top 3 of tournament for Canada (named by coaching staff)
Canada Taylor Hall
Canada Jordan Eberle
Canada Alex Pietrangelo
Top 3 of tournament for USA (named by coaching staff)
USA Tyler Johnson
USA Derek Stepan
USA Jerry D’Amigo
Best Goaltender of the tournament
Switzerland Benjamin Conz
Best Defenseman of the tournament
Canada Alex Pietrangelo
Best Forward of the tournament
Canada Jordan Eberle
Tournament MVP
Canada Jordan Eberle


USA wins Gold in an epic final

USA wins Gold in an epic final

Well, this one is in the books. It was won on a goal by John Carlson. I have to hand it to the Americans. They played a great game. They played a solid 60+. When Canada came back, it was because the Canadians were pressing HARD, not because the USA laid back. The US clearly deserved to win.

That all said though, what a great game played by Canada. Unfortunately, they got off to a slow start and had some bad goaltending off the hop as well. They were clawing to stay in this one nearly the whole way. Again, the magic-man Jordan Eberle did his best to keep Canada in this. He scored two goals late in the 3rd period to tie it up 5-5 and force overtime. But it wasn’t meant to be.

The good news for us Oilers fans is that Jordan Eberle racked up a few awards after the tournament’s end – he was named one of the top 3 players for Canada (voted on by the coaching staff for Canada), player of the game for Canada, forward of the tournament, and tournament MVP. As Pierre McGuire would say “If you’re a fan of the Edmonton Oilers… get excited about Jordan Eberle!”. He’s from Regina, but it was good hearing the Saskatoon fans chant “Eber-le! Eber-le! Eber-le!” when he received the forward of the tournament award. TSN even gushed about Eberle, saying he was the most clutch player to ever suit up for Canada in the juniors. Pierre McGuire: “He’s the most prolific goalscorer Canada has ever had”. Bob McKenzie: “I agree. I don’t remember a more clutch performance back to back by a Canadian player.” Get excited, indeed. Depending on your view, he also took over the lead for career goals in the World Juniors by a player. The IIHF counts shootout winners as goals, however. So if you remove this, then he would be tied with John Tavares for the lead (and Eberle has played one less game). Either way, that’s pretty impressive.

Disappointing loss, but good game by Canada, and great hosting done by Saskatchewan. It wasn’t meant to be this year, but great game Canada!

227 Responses to “WJHC GDT (FINAL) – Canada 5 vs. USA 6 – Jan 5, 2010 @ 6:00PM MST – Gold Medal Greatness”

  1. zackman35 says:

    Any word on Kozun? I think that’s who was forced into the boards awkwardly. I wonder what his replacement was thinking during that hit, it didn’t look too good at all. And I’ll be watching this one tonight, I’m pretty jacked for it but it’ll have to be PVR’d on the account of I’ll be out tonight for a bit.

  2. Bostonoiler says:

    Go USA……

  3. gr8one says:

    zackman35: Any word on Kozun? I think that’s who was forced into the boards awkwardly. I wonder what his replacement was thinking during that hit, it didn’t look too good at all. And I’ll be watching this one tonight, I’m pretty jacked for it but it’ll have to be PVR’d on the account of I’ll be out tonight for a bit.

    nah, it was Travis Hamonic, and no he will not be playing as he has a separated shoulder from the incident.

  4. Steve-O says:

    Bostonoiler: Go USA……

    i was suprised until i realized that there are other people not in edmonton on the internet

  5. gr8one says:

    on another note, I remember prior to last years draft a lot of people lobbying for us to pick Jared Cowen(which became moot when he was taken 9th).

    I know it’s still early in his development but he’s getting ripped pretty hard and benched over his lack of mobility in this tourney.

    All I can say is thank you Ottawa for letting MPS fall to us.

  6. Horpensky says:

    Derek Stepan of USA is 1st in points with 12

    Eberle and Pietrangelo are tied in 2nd with 11 (both played 1 game less than Stepan)

  7. Racki says:

    gr8one: Yup, I noticed that too (that he’s being burned in the tourney). Of the players picked 6-10, I’m extremely happy with who we got and wouldn’t want anyone else.

  8. MetalOil says:

    Swedes vs Swiss for the bronze on TSN now !!! I really like the Swiss team( Dirty late game hit vs Canada aside) and wouldn’t mind seeing them get a medal but on the flip side I would also like to see MPS get one so I just wanna see a good exciting game.

    In the Gold medal game it a given that it will be full of excitement. Canada Vs the USA always is. I think it is a very even matchup and it will have to be Canada’s best game of the tourney if they want an unprecedented 6th straight Gold. GO CANADA GO !!!

    Also found a good website for MPS
    Thought I would post it for anyone who wants to learn more about one of the Oilers top prospects.

  9. Bostonoiler says:

    Lander with another!!

  10. Racki says:

    Horpensky: Derek Stepan of USA is 1st in points with 12Eberle and Pietrangelo are tied in 2nd with 11 (both played 1 game less than Stepan)

    Pretty impressive for Pietrangelo who is a D-man. He’s been really good this tourney. Maybe the next Mike Green?

  11. Horpensky says:

    Pietrangelo reminds me of a Bouwmeester in a way. I’ve never seen him play except in this tourney, and he’s really impressed me. He’s a huge guy, and it really shows in this kid’s tourney. He’s very poised and calm with the puck, and makes really smart decisions.

  12. Racki says:

    T-minus 30-ish until puck drop.

  13. Racki says:

    I like how the commentators haven’t said a word yet. If only it could stay that way. Or at least turn McGuire’s mic off.

    This reminds me of when CBC French had their strike and they showed games, but with just game sound.. no commentary. Was awesome.

  14. MetalOil says:

    This is going to be nuts!!! Lets go boys!!!

  15. Racki says:

    Scoorrrrresssss… 1-0 Canada!

  16. MetalOil says:

    Good start, Good start!!!

  17. Racki says:

    I love how loud the crowd is, but they need to keep it going…

  18. LateNightOilFan says:

    Let’s go Canada, let’s go!

  19. Racki says:

    Although we’re up 1-0, the Americans have a pretty frustrating D.

  20. Racki says:

    Still 1-0, 10 minutes into period 1 for those lurking but can’t watch the game.

  21. LateNightOilFan says:

    Love the pace so far!

  22. gr8one says:

    wow…I was beginning to forget what good hockey looked like.

  23. Racki says:

    Yah, and the refs.. I wonder where they are from… they are just letting them play. That’s great.

  24. Racki says:

    Damn, 1-1 as Kreider scores for the US.

  25. LateNightOilFan says:

    Oh that’s a momentum changer, nice shot but Allen has to have that.

    Get it back Canada!

  26. Racki says:

    Argh.. 2-1 for the US…

  27. LateNightOilFan says:

    Uh oh, wake up boys!

  28. Racki says:

    Neimisz scores!!! 2-2

  29. LateNightOilFan says:

    Yahhhh! 2-2!

  30. gr8one says:

    wow, great fucking game so far.

  31. MetalOil says:


  32. LateNightOilFan says:

    Last goal wins?

  33. Steve-O says:

    lucky but needed

    i think allen’s got a suspect glove

  34. gr8one says:

    woooooooo…finally Nemisz gets a well deserved point!

  35. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Neimisz scores!!! 2-2

    Good time for him to get his 1st point of the tourney!

  36. DropIt says:

    Euck. Canada needs to implement some defense. Kadri has a lot of talent, but he is the most careless puckhandler I’ve seen in a long while.


  37. LateNightOilFan says:

    Bogus call there after letting other stuff go.

  38. gr8one says:

    if they keep scoring like this that damned twitter whale is gonna be in trouble.

  39. Racki says:

    LNOF: yah no kidding. Not a fan of that call at all.

  40. DropIt says:

    I love how everyone spelled Neimsz differently, lol.

    Which one of us has it right?

  41. LateNightOilFan says:

    That shot stung Allen

  42. Racki says:

    Ringed it right off the head… hopefully that knocks some skills into his top/glove side.

  43. Racki says:

    Do we have a guy that plays the top half better? 😛 Mix ’em up a bit…

  44. Racki says:

    Oh crap… 10 minutes to Pietrangelo.. not good.

  45. LateNightOilFan says:

    Jeez stay out of the box! Crap 2 & 10.

  46. Steve-O says:

    best d man out for 10 min?

  47. DropIt says:

    Hmmm… Peteangelo is out for 12 mins.

    How is that a hit from behind, and that one in the opening 5 mins from the US wasn’t?

  48. gr8one says:

    DropIt: I love how everyone spelled Neimsz differently, lol.Which one of us has it right?

    me :)

  49. Racki says:

    Nemisz is correct. I looked it up after. lol

  50. Racki says:

    Arch-Nemesis… or Arch-Nemisz

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