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
TV: TSN


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

PRE-GAME RANT


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.

logo EDMONTON OILERS PROSPECT WATCH (UPDATED – FINAL SCORING)
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


SCORING SUMMARY

SCORING SUMMARY
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
Overtime
USA – 04:31 – Carlson from Ramage


OFFICIAL IIHF AWARDS

AWARDS
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


POST-GAME RANT


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. Steve-O says:

    fuck this eberle kid is good…

  2. DropIt says:

    Fuckin Eberle! Clutch as it gets. I know I’ll hate him in a few year, but god damn I love that mother fucker right now

  3. LateNightOilFan says:

    Oh I thought that was in!

  4. Racki says:

    EBERRLE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Trogdor says:

    AW YEAH!!!

  6. Steve-O says:

    HOLY SHIT! YES YES YES YES YES

  7. LateNightOilFan says:

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  8. DropIt says:

    YES. Eberle again? Fuck that cocksucker

  9. MetalOil says:

    Holly Mother of Eberle!!!! Now do you think Ebs is the best Canadian Jr player of all time Racki Fuck Lindros????

  10. Racki says:

    DropIt: YES. Eberle again? Fuck that cocksucker

    Get used to “Eberle scores”, my friend ;)

  11. Trogdor says:

    The Magic Man. Awesome. We’ve got the momentum now for sure. Just play smart.

  12. LateNightOilFan says:

    Holy crap holy crap holy crap holy crap

  13. Steve-O says:

    Canada coach “I don’t give a shit what you do…just give it to eberle”

  14. Racki says:

    So Eberle now has the goals record I presume?

  15. Racki says:

    What a story… what a fucking story….

    “If you’re a fan of the Edmonton Oilers, you’re going to love Jordan Eberle…”

  16. MetalOil says:

    That’s just unbeleavable !!!!

  17. Trogdor says:

    I’d go for a pee break, but I’m afraid I pissed myself.

    Oh, and 2-0 ‘yotes…

  18. DropIt says:

    Oh Racki, we all know Eberle will become Regehr’s new bitch ;)

  19. Steve-O says:

    LateNightOilFan: Holy crap holy crap holy crap holy crap

    hahaha…exactly what i’m thinking

  20. Racki says:

    In other news, the other Canadian team is shitting the bed… 2-0 Coyotes.

  21. Racki says:

    DropIt: Oh Racki, we all know Eberle will become Regehr’s new bitch ;)

    Then I guess that frees up Hemsky :P

  22. Steve-O says:

    that was a pretty decent canada olympic gear commercial too

  23. MetalOil says:

    I wonder if they showed that on the Jumbotron at Rexall??? If they did it will probably be the loudest the building gets all year.

  24. Steve-O says:

    brule just scored

  25. Steve-O says:

    MetalOil: I wonder if they showed that on the Jumbotron at Rexall??? If they did it will probably be the loudest the building gets all year.

    tencer said on twitter they did and it got pretty loud

  26. DropIt says:

    Hemsky can roam free if he wants. He can’t score like this kid can.

    In other news, Canada’s GOOD team is up 3-1 :P

  27. LateNightOilFan says:

    There’s an intermission?

  28. Trogdor says:

    LateNightOilFan: There’s an intermission?

    20 minute OT

  29. Racki says:

    DropIt: Hemsky can roam free if he wants. He can’t score like this kid can.In other news, Canada’s GOOD team is up 3-1 :P

    Very true. I just hope that translates to the NHL level.

  30. LateNightOilFan says:

    Trogdor: 20 minute OT

    Sudden death though right?

  31. Trogdor says:

    Yup. I think they said 20 mins, then shoot out.

  32. DropIt says:

    Ya, that’s the big question… Is if he can translate it to an NHL level…

    There are tonnes of players who can tear up a junior/AHL league, particularily Oiler players..(O’Sullivan, Schremp)

  33. Steve-O says:

    now 2-2, goal by o’sullivan

    should probably put this in the other post, but no one is reading that

  34. MetalOil says:

    I give Eberle the benefit of the doubt. I’m pretty confident that te will thrive in the NHL!!

  35. LateNightOilFan says:

    Trogdor: Yup. I think they said 20 mins, then shoot out.

    yeah, I wasn’t sure if it was sudden death or not but I just checked the IIHF rules and it is sudden death. Let’s go Canada!

  36. Trogdor says:

    Game on!

  37. MetalOil says:

    4 on 4 for 20

  38. Racki says:

    This time Canada can’t afford to comeback from behind… get the winner Canada!!!

  39. Racki says:

    MetalOil: 4 on 4 for 20

    Wow, yup… that’s got to be tiring if it makes it that far.

  40. Trogdor says:

    3-2 yotes. Jones back in the net?

  41. Steve-O says:

    please stay out of the box too

  42. Trogdor says:

    Eberle needs a break.

  43. Racki says:

    Ohhhh thank you Jones..

  44. Racki says:

    oh my god 3 on 1…. nooooooooooooooooooooooo

  45. Trogdor says:

    NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

    good game though…

  46. MetalOil says:

    Ouch.

  47. DropIt says:

    … Disgust… How did they get a 3 on 1?

  48. Racki says:

    Well, as much as it pains me to say it… the Americans were really good. Really good. They deserved it as much as Canada did.

  49. Trogdor says:

    and 4-2 Coyotes…

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