|Canada 5 (Silver)||FINAL||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.
|EDMONTON OILERS PROSPECT WATCH (UPDATED – FINAL SCORING)|
|– 02:40 – Adam from Caron|
|– 13:56 – Kreider from Palmieri, Jenks|
|– 14:32 – Schroeder from Bourque, Donovan|
|– 16:03 – Nemisz from Kadri, Hall|
|– 01:03 – Carlson (PP) from Kristo, McRae|
|– 03:56 – Hall from Adam|
|– 04:12 – D’Amigo from Stepan|
|– 06:23 – Stepan form D’Amigo|
|– 17:11 – Eberle (PP) from Pietrangelo, Hall|
|– 18:25 – Eberle from Ellis, Kadri|
|– 04:31 – Carlson from Ramage|
OFFICIAL IIHF AWARDS
|Player of the game for Canada|
|Player of the game for USA|
|Top 3 of tournament for Canada (named by coaching staff)|
|Top 3 of tournament for USA (named by coaching staff)|
|Best Goaltender of the tournament|
|Best Defenseman of the tournament|
|Best Forward of the tournament|
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!