Carlson’s OT Goal Gives U.S. Gold at World Juniors

The script had to seem way too familiar for the United States.

For the second straight meeting at the 2010 World Junior Championship, Canada erased the Americans’ two-goal, third-period lead to force overtime.

Last time, Canada won in a shootout to earn the top spot in the preliminary pool.

Tuesday, there was a rewrite.

Defenseman John Carlson scored his second goal of the game 4:31 into overtime, giving the U.S. a 6-5 victory and the country’s second gold medal at the event.

Carlson fired a wrist shot past Canadian goaltender Martin Jones on a 2-on-1 break launched by Wisconsin’s John Ramage during the 4-on-4 overtime session.

The Americans won gold in 2004, but Canada reeled off five straight championships since.

They had the momentum heading into overtime in their drive for a sixth in a row after Jordan Eberle scored twice in the final three minutes to tie the game at 5-5.

Goals by Boston College’s Chris Kreider and Minnesota’s Jordan Schroeder put the U.S. up 2-1 in the first period, but Greg Nemisz scored before the end of the frame to tie the game.

Carlson and Taylor Hall traded second-period goals before Rensselaer’s Jerry D’Amigo and Wisconsin’s Derek Stepan assisted on each other’s third-period score for a 5-3 U.S. lead.

Carlson and Stepan were chosen to the all-star team selected by the media. Stepan led the tournament with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists).

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