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Saturday, January 6, 2018

CANADA TOPS SWEDEN 3-1 TO WIN WORLD JUNIOR GOLD


BUFFALO, N.Y. - Canadian Tyler Steenbergen dropped to one knee and pumped his fist after putting away the winner in the gold-medal game of the world junior hockey championship.

It was Steenbergen's first goal of the tournament and came with 1:40 to play in the third period to lead Canada to a 3-1 victory over Sweden on Friday night.

After more than 18 minutes of scoreless play in the third, defenceman Connor Timmins sent a long pass in from the point, finding Steenbergen to the left of Sweden's net.

Rarely used in the tournament except on the power play, Steenbergen deflected the puck into the net, bringing the raucous crowd to its feet and breaking a deadlock that seemed destined for overtime.

Captain Dillon Dube also scored for Canada, while Alex Formenton added an empty-net goal 26 seconds after Steenbergen struck.

Carter Hart made 35 saves, tying Jimmy Waite and Stephane Fiset for most career wins by a Canadian goalie at the world juniors.

Hart had become one of the most popular players at the tournament, thanks to his many idiosyncrasies. In particular, his insistence on being the last player to leave the ice after a period and the lengths he would go to insure that he was last off made him an Internet darling.

Tim Soderlund was the lone scorer for Sweden. Filip Gustavsson stopped 26-of-28 shots.

Trent Frederic scored four times to lead the United States past the Czech Republic 9-3 earlier Friday in the bronze-medal game.

Loud "Let's go Canada!'' chants began within the first minute of the game. It was the largest indoor crowd of the tournament by a wide margin, with at least 80 per cent of the seats at KeyBank Center filled. Poor attendance throughout the event, aside form the record-setting 44,592 fans at the first-ever outdoor game, was an ongoing issue.

International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel admitted on Thursday that the Toronto-Buffalo corridor has been oversaturated with three world junior championships in the region over the past four years, on top of the NHL's World Cup of Hockey in Toronto in the fall of 2016. He said that the IIHF would try to spread them around North America more to avoid burning out fans.

Sweden outshot Canada 16-9 in a scoreless first period, but both teams' speed was on full display with several end-to-end rushes and quick passing plays by both teams. This is exactly the sort of team head coach Dominique Ducharme and the executives at Hockey Canada had envisioned when they began assembling their roster in St. Catharines, Ont., in mid-December: fast, applying constant pressure to their opponents and creating breakaways from turnovers.

That speed was noticeable on Canada's opening goal of the night. Jordan Kyrou carried the puck down the centre of the ice, passing to Dube on his left wing, who snapped the puck past Gustavsson at the 1:49 mark of the second. The crowd erupted with cheers after the goal, singing along to "Hey Baby!'' by DJ Otzi, putting extra emphasis on the ``ooo, ahhhh'' of the chorus.

"Hey Baby!'' had been a controversial choice for Canada's goal-scoring celebration song. The majority of Canada's players voted for a different song but two players went rogue and submitted the ear-worm on their own. Eventually, it became a favourite of all the players and especially Canadian fans who enjoyed serenading their team after wins.

Soderlund responded with about seven minutes left in the second, breaking down the right wing while Sweden was down a player. He ripped a wrist shot over Hart's glove hand to tie it 1-1.

The Swedes dominated play in the second, with Canada struggling to get shots on net and forcing too many passes. By the end of the period Sweden had outshot Canada 25-18 even though the Canadians had two power plays in the second.

(Canadian Press)

25 comments:

Anonymous said...


Swedish captain = class act! Didn't see any Canadian player do that last year and likely would never see it.

Anonymous said...


Completely understand the frustration, but why would the Swedish captain hoist his medal into the crowd! Talk about a poor sport!

Can you imagine the backlash if Steel or any other Canadian player did that?

I am guessing that is a moment he wants back.

Anonymous said...

Let’s hear from all the idiots saying Canada wasn’t good enough. Canada didn’t play any competitive teams throughout the tournament except one and lost. Canada this and that. The amount of social media morons has become chronic.

willy said...

Carter Hart stands on his head to lead Canada to the Gold Medal win over Sweden with his SPECTACULAR play in the net for Canada. A great hockey game won and lost by two great hockey teams. Canada was doing a lot of hard work skating and hitting but Sweden surely had the edge in shots on goal ( IF THAT MEANS ANYTHING TO ANYBODY).Would have hated to see it go to OT and then the DREADED SHOOTOUT, which should never, ever be used in a Final game like this one. Great to see so many Canadian fans in USA stomping grounds to win this one. A Great show of great hockey by both teams. The Sweden Captain should be hanging his head low for throwing his Silver Medal into the crowd because of his disappointing loss. A SHOWING OF POOR SPORTSMANSHIP.

Anonymous said...


No superstars on this team, just a bunch of hard-working guys from top to bottom. They got what they deserved!

Anonymous said...

A poor sport for sure but you forget how young these kids are and how much pressure the country puts on them. I'm sure he instantly regretted what he did. Not to excuse him for throwing his medal but we should try and understand his disappointment and frustration. He will have to live with what he did and with silver rather than gold. Anyone who has raised a teenager knows they are an unpredictable group of people. If he was the captain of his team I think he generally is a person selected for his character and work ethic, that is what he should be recognized for.

Anonymous said...


Can't believe the amount of people on social media coming to the defense of the Swedish kid. Another example as to how soft our society has become!

Put the medal in a box if you want kid, but it is a keepsake and is one that should be cherished.

These people saying its OK should go lobby the IIHF for participation ribbons for everyone. Cmon people!

Anonymous said...

His medal. He didn't want it. His choice. Who cares.

Anonymous said...

Glad this made up farce of a tournament is over. Wish it was canceled for ever.

Anonymous said...

Last Anon.... You should be cancelled forever, if you don't like don't watch it then we wouldn't see your dumb comments on here .

Anonymous said...


This kid took the loss harder than his teammates? Did all of the Swedes throw their medal in the crowd?

Talk about being a poor sport!

Anonymous said...

guy throwing medal into the crowd makes you hate modern day athletes even more than before

Anonymous said...

Do explain.

Anonymous said...

Grow up.

Anonymous said...


Pure emotion shown by the Swedish kid. Are we really going to blame him for that?

Anonymous said...


What a piece of work you are!

Anonymous said...


Is this what is going to dominate the discussion and not the fact Canada won with 8 WHL players on its roster. Priorities folks. Priorities!

Anonymous said...

Be realistic folks, without Carter Hart standing on his head in that first period Canada is getting silver. One hell of a game but the Swedes won most races for possession.

Olie

Anonymous said...

He is not a kid. He is 19. If he had done something illegal he would be tried as an adult. He is set to make millions of dollars next year. Stop babying these players. They know what they have signed up for when playing in this tournament. There is a privelege/responsibility to what they have engaged in.

Anonymous said...

Pretty self explanatory if your IQ is over 50.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, that hurt.

Anonymous said...

Why does it matter how many came from the WHL?

Anonymous said...

Stop living vicariously through others, loser.

No athlete has any responsibility to respect the consolation prize.

Anonymous said...

Why does it matter what you think? ^^^^^

Anonymous said...

Thank you for saying that anonymous.