United States uses another Terry shootout winner to drop Canada, claim World Junior gold medal

 (Tim Brule)
Denver’s Troy Terry scored four shootout goals for the United States – all five hole – as Team USA secured gold at the 2017 World Juniors (photo: Dan & Margaret Hickling/Hickling Images).

The U.S. rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits and Troy Terry (Denver), for the second straight night, scored the game winner in the shootout as the U.S. National Junior Team beat Canada 5-4 to win the gold medal at the 2017 World Junior Championship Thursday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

2017 World Junior Championship

Dec. 26, 2016-Jan. 5, 2017, Toronto and Montreal

United States schedule (all times Eastern and all games on NHL Network):

Monday, Dec. 26: U.S. 6, Latvia 1

Wednesday, Dec. 28: U.S. 5, Slovakia 2

Thursday, Dec. 29: U.S. 3, Russia 2

Saturday, Dec. 31: U.S. 3, Canada 1

Monday, Jan. 2: Quarterfinals -- U.S. 3, Switzerland 2

Wednesday, Jan. 4: Semifinals -- U.S. 4, Russia 3, shootout

Thursday, Jan. 5: Gold-medal game: U.S. 5, Canada 4, shootout

Goaltender Tyler Parsons (OHL’s London Knights) made 46 saves and stopped all five Canadian shots in the shootout.

“What a terrific game between two fantastic hockey countries,” said Team USA coach Bob Motzko (St. Cloud State) in a news release. “When we got together in Michigan for our camp this summer, there was something special with these guys. This team had great camaraderie, tremendous heart and always battled.

“This is a special group who will forever walk together.”

The victory gives Team USA its fourth gold medal at the World Juniors and tenth medal all time in the event. The U.S. is now 4-1 all-time in gold-medal games at the World Juniors.

Canada got out to a 2-0 lead entering the first intermission on goals by Thomas Chabot and Jeremy Lauzon at 4:58 and 9:02 of the opening period.

Charlie McAvoy (Boston University) put the U.S. on the board 3:04 into the second stanza. The play started when Jordan Greenway (Boston University) came down the left wing and dropped a pass for McAvoy, who fired a shot from the slot past Canadian goaltender Carter Hart.

Team USA tied the game on the power play 9:30 into the second period when a shot from the point by Adam Fox (Harvard) deflected off Kieffer Bellows (Boston University) and into the net.

The U.S. killed a pair of minor penalties in the final 6:38 of the frame to keep the score tied entering the final period.

Canada regained a two-goal lead on a pair of markers in the first 4:05 of the third period. Nicolas Roy tallied on the power play 1:52 into the period before Mathieu Joseph scored 2:13 later.

Team USA responded just 39 seconds after Joseph’s tally with Bellows’ second goal of the contest. McAvoy fed a cross-ice pass to Bellows, who one-timed the puck from the right circle for the score.

Colin White (Boston College) deflected a shot by Fox at the side of the net to knot the score at 7:07 of the third stanza. The marker was the team-leading seventh for White in the tournament.

The game headed to a 20-minute, five-on-five overtime period tied at 4-4 and both teams had chances, including a golden opportunity by Clayton Keller (Boston University) just 45 seconds into the extra session from the side of the left circle. In the end, both goaltenders stood tall with Parsons making 17 saves in the extra session for the U.S., while Hart had seven stops for Canada.

Team USA was forced to kill a penalty for too many men in the overtime, one of five straight power plays for Canada in the contest.

Canada outshot the U.S. 50-36.

In the five-round shootout, Terry – who scored three times in Wednesday’s shootout win over Russia in the semifinals, including the decisive goal — scored in the top of the fourth round to account for the only goal. Parsons finished off the victory stopping the final two Canadian shootout attempts.

Notebook

  • McAvoy was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
  • The U.S. has won a medal in five of the last eight World Junior Championships, the best stretch in the history of the country.
  • Team USA’s Best Three Players of the Tournament included McAvoy, Keller and Greenway, while McAvoy and Keller were named to the Media All-Star Team.
  • The U.S. won all seven games it played in the event, representing the most wins in a single World Juniors ever for the U.S.
  • Keller (3-8–11) led all U.S. players in the tournament in points, followed by White (7-1–8) and Greenway (3-5–8).

27 COMMENTS

  1. Love that the USA won, Hate that two teams played 80 mins of great hockey for the game to be decided by a side show trick.

  2. Love that the USA won, Hate that two teams played 80 mins of great hockey for the game to be decided by a side show trick.

  3. Love that the USA won, Hate that two teams played 80 mins of great hockey for the game to be decided by a side show trick.

  4. What an entertaining game but its too bad that someone had to win via the shoot out. With as much offense that game had, someone would have scored soon enough if they had just kept playing OT. Sure is sweet to beat Canada on their own soil.

  5. What an entertaining game but its too bad that someone had to win via the shoot out. With as much offense that game had, someone would have scored soon enough if they had just kept playing OT. Sure is sweet to beat Canada on their own soil.

  6. What an entertaining game but its too bad that someone had to win via the shoot out. With as much offense that game had, someone would have scored soon enough if they had just kept playing OT. Sure is sweet to beat Canada on their own soil.

  7. I wanted more hockey, and I wanted to see a goal celebrated, not a shootout whiff. The game was pure entertainment and congrats to the visitors that needed to kill off the last 5 penalties called in the game.

  8. I wanted more hockey, and I wanted to see a goal celebrated, not a shootout whiff. The game was pure entertainment and congrats to the visitors that needed to kill off the last 5? consecutive penalties.

  9. I wanted more hockey, and I wanted to see a goal celebrated, not a shootout whiff. The game was pure entertainment and congrats to the visitors that needed to kill off the last 5? consecutive penalties.

  10. Guess I am one of the few that was happy to see game go to a shootout. Another period would, in all possibility, have led to a Canadian win on a PP goal. Refs were horrible all game. Dave Starman was partly right when he said, “referees putting their whistles in their pocket” for title game. Guess he was talking about calls for US. Canada got away with at least 4 obvious penalties that should have been called, and US had 2 “phantom” calls against. Caleb Jones called for crosschecking when Canada player lost edge and went down, followed by Eric Foley tripping penalty that was a joke. Colin White plainly hooked twice (once into Hart), Troy Terry had stick held (another obvious one) while going for a rebound, and Adam Fox pulled down at blue line (led to Canadian goal). Am I the only one that thought refs were horrible?

    • I probably need to re-watch the game to be fair to the referees, but watching it live (without the benefit of color commentary) I thought there were a few missed calls on Canada. The early hook that led to the first Canada goal was the most memorable to me.

      • Normally, I don’t even mention refs but calls were very obvious to me. Since I was watching Troy Terry, admitting a bit biased, was very obvious his stick was being held when he was going for rebound with net open.

    • You are right. I don’t mind when the refs let the teams play it out….but it has to go both ways. The Jones penalty was ridiculous. Colin White was mugged most of the game (that kid is a stud). Troy Terry was a stud, congrats to him and DU hockey. I thought the talent level was superb. Gauthier may have been the best player in the tourney. #7 and #27 for Russia are phenomenal hockey players.

      • You couldn’t be more correct about Gauthier, he was unreal every game. Russia’s #7, Kaprizov might have been the best player in the tournament.

    • I watched the last 2 periods and OT so I didn’t see the whole game. The three calls that I thought were bad were the hand push to the hip that was ruled a crosscheck, the obvious holding the stick no-call and the knee-to-knee trip. On the trip it looked like the USA skater got whistled for skating with his feet to wide apart. There was no obvious move made to initiate the trip.

  11. Guess I am one of the few that was happy to see game go to a shootout. Another period would, in all possibility, have led to a Canadian win on a PP goal. Refs were horrible all game. Dave Starman was partly right when he said, “referees putting their whistles in their pocket” for title game. Guess he was talking about calls for US. Canada got away with at least 4 obvious penalties that should have been called, and US had 2 “phantom” calls against. Caleb Jones called for crosschecking when Canada player lost edge and went down, followed by Eric Foley tripping penalty that was a joke. Colin White plainly hooked twice (once into Hart), Troy Terry had stick held (another obvious one) while going for a rebound, and Adam Fox pulled down at blue line (led to Canadian goal). Am I the only one that thought refs were horrible?

    • I probably need to re-watch the game to be fair to the referees, but watching it live (without the benefit of color commentary) I thought there were a few missed calls on Canada. The early hook that led to the first Canada goal was the most memorable to me.

      • Normally, I don’t even mention refs but calls were very obvious to me. Since I was watching Troy Terry, admitting a bit biased, was very obvious his stick was being held when he was going for rebound with net open.

    • You are right. I don’t mind when the refs let the teams play it out….but it has to go both ways. The Jones penalty was ridiculous. Colin White was mugged most of the game (that kid is a stud). Troy Terry was a stud, congrats to him and DU hockey. I thought the talent level was superb. Gauthier may have been the best player in the tourney. #7 and #27 for Russia are phenomenal hockey players.

      • You couldn’t be more correct about Gauthier, he was unreal every game. Russia’s #7, Kaprizov might have been the best player in the tournament.

    • I watched the last 2 periods and OT so I didn’t see the whole game. The three calls that I thought were bad were the hand push to the hip that was ruled a crosscheck, the obvious holding the stick no-call and the knee-to-knee trip. On the trip it looked like the USA skater got whistled for skating with his feet to wide apart. There was no obvious move made to initiate the trip.

  12. Guess I am one of the few that was happy to see game go to a shootout. Another period would, in all possibility, have led to a Canadian win on a PP goal. Refs were horrible all game. Dave Starman was partly right when he said, “referees putting their whistles in their pocket” for title game. Guess he was talking about calls for US. Canada got away with at least 4 obvious penalties that should have been called, and US had 2 “phantom” calls against. Caleb Jones called for crosschecking when Canada player lost edge and went down, followed by Eric Foley tripping penalty that was a joke. Colin White plainly hooked twice (once into Hart), Troy Terry had stick held (another obvious one) while going for a rebound, and Adam Fox pulled down at blue line (led to Canadian goal). Am I the only one that thought refs were horrible?

    • I probably need to re-watch the game to be fair to the referees, but watching it live (without the benefit of color commentary) I thought there were a few missed calls on Canada. The early hook that led to the first Canada goal was the most memorable to me.

      • Normally, I don’t even mention refs but calls were very obvious to me. Since I was watching Troy Terry, admitting a bit biased, was very obvious his stick was being held when he was going for rebound with net open.

    • You are right. I don’t mind when the refs let the teams play it out….but it has to go both ways. The Jones penalty was ridiculous. Colin White was mugged most of the game (that kid is a stud). Troy Terry was a stud, congrats to him and DU hockey. I thought the talent level was superb. Gauthier may have been the best player in the tourney. #7 and #27 for Russia are phenomenal hockey players.

      • You couldn’t be more correct about Gauthier, he was unreal every game. Russia’s #7, Kaprizov might have been the best player in the tournament.

    • I watched the last 2 periods and OT so I didn’t see the whole game. The three calls that I thought were bad were the hand push to the hip that was ruled a crosscheck, the obvious holding the stick no-call and the knee-to-knee trip. On the trip it looked like the USA skater got whistled for skating with his feet to wide apart. There was no obvious move made to initiate the trip.

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