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In case people missed it, the US trounced Canada 5-1 in the semifinals at the Junior World Hockey Championships. They outscored the Czech's and Canadians 12-1 in the last two games. This is a nice recovery after losing to Russia 2-1 and Canada 1-0 earlier.
Quite a few Pittsburgh natives on the US roster.
This post was edited by Hamilton Lion 18 months ago
Thank you for sharing. I forgot this was going on. NHL on lock out has my mind not on hockey.
Hamilton, I could eff'n kill you. I have been saving this game for late night. I was gonnna avoid any sports site today to avoid the score, and friends had strict instructions not to mention the game.
Their has been zero World Junior talk on here so I thought I was safe in the Den.
Thrilled we won! 5-1? Canada will declare a day of mourning.
From what I read, Gibson (I believe he is from Pittsburgh) has been playing great. I have got to watch much except for a bit of the US v Russia game.
Sorry man. McCabe and Gaudreau were awesome and Gibson was the man. Funny thing, I believe this entire team absent three can return next year.
Gold medal game is at 8 a.m. east time Saturday.
Gibby is from Pittsburgh and so is Vince Trochek
I will probably break my television sets during the PSU basketball game anyway.
Always pumped to beat Canada at hockey. John Karlson's OT winner a few years ago at this tourney and, of course, the 1996 World Cup win are two of my favorite sports memories.
Group stage win at the Olympics over Canada was pretty awesome too. I'll never forget the gold medal game for the wrong reasons.
Yeah, I guess I blacked out that one for the obvious reason. Awesome win indeed.
You take a look at that Canadian roster and really, its an embarrassment of riches. Subban is probably the best goalie they have had playing for them in net since maybe MAF. Canada has had problems in net during these tournaments, but have overcome them. The Americans have talent and have come a long way since 1980 as far as developing players.
MAF was a train wreck in this tourney if IIRC. I didn't get to watch that game, but I remember him melting down in the gold medal game against the USA. I think Al Montoya was the opposing goalie and was suppose to be the next big thing in USA hockey. The guy has barely played in the NHL.
MAF gave up a very soft goalie to allow the Americans to win. He had a pretty good tournament up to that point.
Fact remains, for some reason, the Canadians can't seem to get a solid performance from their goalies in this tournament.
I think that Canada is in a slow decline as a hockey power.
Their development programs are run by old school hockey types.
Other countries have embraced more modern coaching and development concepts.
It is a ways away, but I think we will eventually see a situation similar to football, where ambitious Canadian athletes head south for US university scholarships, and top notch coaching.
He didn't give up any old soft goal either, he scored on himself.
Which is always fun to re-watch.
Patrick O'Sullivan gets credited with the goal that led to USA's first ever win at the World Juniors. Marc Andre Fluery goes to clear the puck out of the zone but he hits Braydon Coburn and redirects into the net.
Not quite. Although I do feel like the rest of the world is catching up to Canada in turning out top players, I don't think it is because of their system and I don't see a huge rush of players coming to the US colleges and universities.
I do think some of the Canadian major JR programs could probably do more off-ice and weight development to make better athlete. However, the canadian jr teams play upwards of 70+ games a season compared to around 30 for a college team. Good players come out of the US college system, but not at the rate they do in Major Jr. I think currently, most NHL GMs and front office types prefer their draft picks to play JRs (unless they see a player as someone who needs additional development years) and until that changes, I can't see the college ranks really getting a much larger share of these top players.
Totally agree with this.
Hate to ruin the surprise, but it looks like we play Sweden for the gold. The Swedes beat the Russians 3-2 in a penalty shootout to advance. Tough way to lose a game on home ice.
Yea, but the Russians did already win 2 games in OT in this tournament. Luck was going to end sometime. Sweden has a nice team, but the US has a TON of momentum going into this game so I'm liking their chances. Think it will probably come down to goaltending as is often the case in these big games.
Well, I am now allowed to visit hockey websites today. Time to go check out the USA goals.
I watched their USA vs Russian game and they played em real well. They just couldnt get in a couple goals that they shouldve had.
"Whoever’s trying to kill me isn’t getting the job done. But one day, I’m going to punch that f___r in the face."
Call me a homer, but I believe that we will dominate the Canadians in 2 decades.
Our coaching and program development abilities are the key.
The Don Cherrys of hockey still exert too much influence up there. There is too much emphasis on toughness and not enough attention to modern training and skill development.
If you're talking 2 decades, then there is a chance, but that will have more to do with the number of registered players and the fact that Canada will not be able to compete with the US population wise if hockey grows in popularity in the US, more then it will be because of Canada's programs and development being their downfall.
Out of curiosity, what programs in the US do you think are so much superior in skill development?
I am friends with Gibsons and have watched his career closely. Pens could have got him in the first round! I live 1 street up from his parents - I'd say him, but he hasn't really been there for years.
USA wins the World Juniors!
Dominating performance by Pittsburgh native John Gibson with a .955 save percentage through the tourney. Ducks seem to have a good one.
JT Miller who played for the developed with the Pittsburgh Hornets, and Vince Trochek also from Pittsburgh both played real well too.
The good guys get gold, and Canada doesn't medal. Best WJC ever.
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