Golden Boys: USA Tops Canada in OT

Ryan MaloneyContributor IIJanuary 6, 2010

SASKATOON, SK - JANUARY 5:  Members of Team USA celebrate after defeating Team Canada 6-5 in overtime at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Tournament Gold Medal game on January 5, 2010 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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John Carlson scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to give Team USA a 6-5 win over Canada at the gold medal game of the 2010 Word Junior Ice Hockey Championship.

A capacity crowd of 15,171 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatchewan sat silenced as the Americans poured onto the ice following a wild contest which saw both starting goaltenders replaced by their coaches. 

In the end, it was Martin Jones in net for the Canadians when Carlson buried a snapper from the left face-off dot to finish off a 3-on-1 rush.

That marker negated a furious third-period rally from Canada to force the extra session.  Trailing 5-3 with less than three minutes remaining, Edmonton Oilers prospect Jordan Eberle—the tournament's MVP—potted two goals past American goaltender Jack Campbell in a span of 74 seconds.

Campbell—the losing netminder when the Americans played Canada on New Year's Eve—entered the game early in the second period after Mike Lee stopped just four of Canada's first seven shots.  The 17-year-old proceeded to stop the next 28 shots Canada put on net before Eberle tallied his two late markers.

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Chris Kreider, Jordan Schroeder, Jerry D'Amigo and team captain Derek Stepan also scored for the U.S., which had underachieved in this tournament in recent years with bigger names and more first-round NHL draft picks in the lineup.

The U.S. held a selection camp prior to this tournament for the first time instead of simply selecting 22 players for its team.

Canada has held selection camps for decades and the practice seemed to help the U.S. as it played a more cohesive team game in the tournament.

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The victory gives the Americans only their second Gold medal in tournament history and snaps Canada's streak of five straight Gold medals.

After the game Carlson was elated that he was able to come through in the clutch and beat a talented team.

"They're a feisty team, they're a great team and it was unbelievable playing them on New Year's Eve and now here it was just play our game," Carlson told TSN. "We know they're going to get chances and score goals, that's how good they are. We just needed to play our game and tonight it worked out."

When asked the difference between this team and previous American teams that appeared to be stocked with more talent, Team USA head coach Dean Blais gave a tip of his hat to the hosts.

"We played Canadian hockey," Blais told TSN.