What a tournament we get treated to every year.
Team Canada won gold once again as they defeated Russia 4-3 in the World Junior Championship final on Sunday (Jan.5).
Goaltender Joel Hofer was fantastic making 35 saves in the win, out-dueling Amir Miftakhov who made 26 saves.
Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders/QMJHL) put Russia up 1-0 with a perfect tip that went five hole.
Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders/QMJHL) puts Russia up 1-0. 🇷🇺1️⃣ 🇨🇦0️⃣ #WorldJuniors https://t.co/tkofmPtP8q
Yukon’s Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes/WHL) tied the game as he banged home a rebound to make it 1-1.
Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes/WHL) ties the game‼️ 🇷🇺1️⃣ 🇨🇦1️⃣ #WorldJuniors https://t.co/xQbgYPObMH
Grigori Denisenko gave Russia the lead again in the middle frame as he stabbed one through the Canadian netminder.
Grigori Denisenko gives Russia the lead again. 🇷🇺2️⃣ 🇨🇦1️⃣ #WorldJuniors https://t.co/6aL0rHKjaZ
In the second period, Jacob Bernard-Docker lowered the boom with the hit of the tournament.
Jacob Bernard-Docker lowers the boom. https://t.co/pvEjq1PlTN
Maxim Sorkin (Zvezda Moskva/VHL) with his first point of the tournament puts Russia up by two.
Maxim Sorkin (Zvezda Moskva/VHL) with his first point of the tournament puts Russia up by two. https://t.co/PhLOkBUeLs
Just over 30 seconds after, Connor McMichael (London Knights/OHL) deflected one in to cut the lead in half.
Connor McMichael (London Knights/OHL) deflects one in to cut the lead in half‼️ 🇷🇺3️⃣ 🇨🇦2️⃣ #WorldJuniors https://t.co/zetAmwu000
With less than nine minutes to play in regulation, someone called the captain as Barrett Hayton (Arizona Coyotes/NHL) tied the game at 3-3.
Captain Barrett Hayton (Arizona Coyotes/NHL) ties this game at 3-3‼️ 🇷🇺3️⃣ 🇨🇦3️⃣ #WorldJuniors https://t.co/46QNEkDDxJ
Who else but Niagra Icedogs captain Akil Thomas to score the winner with his first of the tournament to put Canada up 4-3.
AKIL THOMAS 🇨🇦🚨🇨🇦🚨🇨🇦🚨🇨🇦🚨🇨🇦🚨🇨🇦🚨🇨🇦🚨🇨🇦🚨🇨🇦🚨🇨🇦 https://t.co/pprodoUbLq
Canada and Russia both took stupid penalties in this game (and embarrassed themselves with dives), but end of the day, the red and white found a way to grind out a win and leave the Czech Republic with another gold medal.
‼️Canada wins gold in Ostrava‼️ 🇨🇦4️⃣ 🇷🇺3️⃣ https://t.co/BsoTm5Saam
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Photo Credit – Hockey Canada (Twitter)